Apple’s business model with the iPhone has always heavily relied on the company’s close ties with carriers. “Dual-SIM card will jeopardize the mechanism that operators sell the locked iPhone with a contract,” explained Canalys analyst Jessie Ding. However, the considerable drop in year-over-year sales of the iPhone in China might force the company to rethink its strategy.
“If you look at the Indian or other markets,” said tech analyst Jan Dawson, “dual-SIM is a huge thing, and Apple needs to offer dual-SIM at some point to address people in those markets,” he continued. That point might be right around the corner.
According to documents filed with China’s State Intellectual Property Office, Apple submitted an application for a dual-SIM card feature in March 2016. What’s more, the company was just awarded a patent for dual-SIM card technology in the US.
It’s currently unknown whether Apple is planning a worldwide release of a dual-SIM model, or whether they will instead go with the increasingly more popular eSIM (embedded SIM) technology, allowing carriers to reprogram SIM cards through software remotely.
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