There’s a dual SIM iPhone 9 coming, but only to China

Dual Sim iPhone
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The 3 iPhone models coming out in 2018 have gotten leaked pretty extensively, but there’s one factor which reports are just not able to agree on – dual SIM support. We know that Apple is planning to support the feature this year thanks to code found in the iOS 12 beta. However, no one knows for sure which iPhone will be blessed with the functionality.

The Taiwan-based Economic Daily News has now offered its own take on the rumor. As per its sources, the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone AKA iPhone 9 will be sold in 2 models. One will be a single-SIM version and the other a dual-SIM variant. However, the latter is apparently going to be exclusive to China.

Dual-SIM iPhone Evidence

As evidence, the report points to the 4 unique model numbers (801, 802, 803, and 804) which Foxconn employees are using to refer to the 2018 iPhones. 801 is supposedly the 5.8-inch OLED iPhone X. 802 is said to be the 6.5-inch OLED iPhone X Plus. 803 may be the single-SIM 6.1-inch LCD iPhone. 804 could be the dual-SIM, dual-standby 6.1-inch LCD iPhone.

Even noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had previously hinted that Apple was working on 2 different LCD iPhones. He didn’t say anything about China exclusivity though. This was suggested by another report. That particular article claimed that China was going to get an iPhone with two SIM card slots and the rest of the world would get a single SIM and a virtual Apple SIM.

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If you’re wondering why only China gets 2 SIM slots, it might be because the country doesn’t allow Apple SIMs to work in the country. The digital SIM cards have been around since 2014, allowing iPads to get cellular connectivity. They may now spread to the iPhone.

The Economic Daily News doesn’t mention the iPhone X Plus in its report, but many other publications claim that dual SIM, dual standby will be a part of the largest iPhone. We’ll find out for sure when September comes along.