Apple’s 2018 iPhone X support eSIM
Although consumers may be excited about the next generation of iPhones, mobile operators will feel a headache. As Barron points out, Apple uses an electronic SIM card (eSIM) on the next generation of iPhone models. If you have already done a replacement card or switch the operator’s business, you will not be unfamiliar with this electronic chip. You need to put it on the tray and then stuff it into the mobile device to communicate with the cellular base station.
With the growing internal space of smartphones, the industry has reduced the footprint of SIM cards several times. Depending on the size of the plastic sheet, its specifications can be divided into standard, micro, and nano. However, the arrival of eSIM is expected to get rid of the bondage of this physical card entirely.
However, if the big-name mobile phone manufacturer represented by Apple decides to push eSIM, operators around the world will face headache support and transformation problems. However, the most fundamental reason for the conflict is that consumers can quickly switch between operators, and it is difficult for uncompetitive operators to avoid large-scale user loss.
Taking the transition from Verizon to AT&T as an example, consumers only need to register for the service and then wait for the operator to activate it automatically. If Apple pushes eSIM on the 2018 iPhone, it may mean the end of its long-standing relationship with operators.
Previously, consumers may choose a specific model based on the operator. But after the eSIM promotion, you can freely buy a mobile phone before deciding which carrier to pick.
It should be noted that Apple has already used eSIM technology on the Apple Watch Series 3. So technically, the iPhone’s support for eSIM is not a problem at all.