Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs Didn’t Want The iPhone To Have A SIM Card Slot

Apple co-founder and CEO at the time of the iPhone’s launch apparently didn’t want the device to come with a SIM card slot. That’s according to the father of the iPod, former Apple VP Tony Fadell.

Fadell was speaking with Joanna Stern, discussing his new book ‘Build: An Unorthodox Guide To Making Things Work Making.’

That conversation came to the iPhone, with Jobs reportedly wanting to use the CDMA network to connect the iPhone to cell towers. That effectively meant that the iPhone would only be available on specific carriers, including Verizon and Sprint. Fadell was left having to convince Jobs that CDMA wasn’t the way to go.

Apple did eventually add CDMA support for a future iPhone 4, of course.

New rumors have Apple potentially ditching the SIM Card Slot entirely as soon as next year’s iPhone 15. Apple now offers eSIM technology as an option for second lines, but now it is said that it will do away with the option to use a physical SIM entirely.

A report from MacRumors previously cited an internal Apple document that sought to tell carriers to ready support for an eSIM-only iPhone by September 2022 — a timeframe that matches the iPhone 15 rumor.

However, eSIMs aren’t available in all countries which could prove to be a stumbling block. Could Apple sell a version of the iPhone 15 with a SIM slot just for those territories?

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