Apple added a bunch of new features to its latest iPhone, including a nice cutout on the iPhone 14 Pro it calls Dynamic Island. But as is often the case with companies, Apple gave it and took it, and the feature removed this time around was the physical SIM slot. In the US model, the company uses eSIM technology.
In practice, it’s a decision that will have some effect on how you use your iPhone 14 if you decide to upgrade. First, you won’t be able to easily transfer the SIM from your current phone to your new device. Instead, you must contact your carrier or complete the online registration process. Many people while traveling tend to buy a local SIM as a way to save on data roaming costs. That’s something that wouldn’t be an option if you bought an iPhone 14 in the US. Fortunately, there are many eSIM options such as Airalo.
Apple has supported eSIMs since introducing iPhone XS, XS Max and XR in 2018, and has included the technology in most of its newest Apple Watch and iPad devices. Starting with last year’s iPhone 13, the company even started allowing users to use multiple eSIMs on the same device at the same time. The good news is that the majority of US carriers support the technology. T-Mobile even recently started using eSIMs to allow iPhone users to try out the network.
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