A new rumor suggests that Apple’s iPhone 15 will be the first iPhone to come without a physical SIM card slot.
Apple already allows for an eSIM on its latest iPhones, starting with the iPhone XS, so removing the SIM card slot entirely may not be something inconceivable in 2023.
The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro already feature dual-eSIM connectivity, a first for the iPhones.
Earlier rumors also have Apple looking to release an iPhone without any ports at all, not even the Lightning port leading Apple to move its phone to wireless charging altogether.
Apple has long been experimenting with ways to no longer need the SIM card (known in Brazil as the “carrier chip“), implementing eSIM technology.
But according to internal sources of the iPhone Blog, from 2023 the Pro version of the iPhone may already start coming without any input to the physical SIM, working only with 2 eSIM slots.
However, the removal of the SIM card slot could be tricky.
eSIM adoption is not well spread out in some countries and regions so it’s likely we’ll see Apple release two models; one with a SIM card slot in markets where eSIM is not well adopted, and one without the SIM card slot for the rest of the markets.