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2018 iPhones to come with dual-SIM support

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We’ve heard numerous reports about Apple finally releasing a dual-SIM, dual-standby iPhone this year and here to add more proof is an article by Chinese publication 21st Century Business Herald. It seems the company is planning to support the standard in 2 of its phones in 2018.

This is big news if true. It could lead to a seismic change in the smartphone industry. One of the biggest advantages Android manufacturers have over Apple is their flexibility in allowing 2 SIM cards in 1 phone, but this might not be the case come September.

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As per the report, Apple is going to make this a reality in 2 ways. China will get an iPhone with 2 physical SIM card trays. The rest of the world will get the regular single SIM card tray and an embedded Apple SIM. The latter is a virtual SIM card which was introduced in iPads back in 2014.

Apple SIMs work in 180 countries including India and the US. It’s not around in China though, hence the need for 2 SIM trays. The company actually used to sell the Apple SIM as a physical card back in the old days, but it’s now embedded inside modern iPads. People can still get the physical ones at the brand’s stores though.

To be clear, Apple doesn’t actually provide the network itself. It allows users to make a choice between the various carriers available in a country, useful for folks who frequently travel. The article doesn’t specify which of the 3 iPhones expected this year will be blessed with dual-SIM support.

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Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had previously said that the 6.1-inch budget iPhone X and 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus would hop on board the dual-SIM train. This leaves out the 5.8-inch iPhone X (2018). He had also talked about the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone being sold in 2 models.

That lines up with the new report since Apple may prepare separate versions for China and the rest of the world. eSIMs aren’t as widespread as physical SIMs, so we’ll have to wait and see just how consumers react to this functionality.