The release of the new Apple iPhones 14 also brought with it a completely unexpected new thing for the United States market, namely the removal of the physical SIM slot from the Cupertino company’s new Apple iPhone 14 smartphones in favour of eSIM.
Yes, because the Apple iPhone 14, 14 Plus, 14 Pro, and 14 Pro Max will not include the traditional slot. This allows you to insert a nano-SIM, but you will only be able to use the new eSIMs. In fact, Apple emphasised the new simplified management of eSIMs that was adopted on the latest smartphones during the presentation event.
The iPhone 14 series is only available in the United States with eSIM.
The removal of the physical slot has been rumoured for some time, and the most recent rumours suggest that it may already be happening with the models just presented; however, a more gradual transition will take place in markets where only eSIM models are available. This will not be the case, as US users who want to upgrade to the new iPhone 14 will be forced to accept the new digital-only format. This could then be extended to all other markets beginning with the next generation.
The introduction of a smartphone without a physical SIM card slot is not particularly unique. For example, consider the first Motorola Razr of 2019. Which had already introduced an eSIM-only solution to the market. There are already a number of Android smartphones that support eSIM.
However, the world of operators is not yet prepared for this transition. The process of activating an eSIM is not yet supported by all operators. It involves extra costs and brings various elements of inconvenience when activating the electronic SIM. For example, in order to complete the authentication, you must be connected to a Wi-Fi network.