In a recent report by the Financial Times that was posted on Thursday, it reported that Apple and Samsung are working with a number of the largest carriers around the world to bring in a new “e-SIM” standard.
The standard would replace the traditional SIM cards, making it easier for customers to sign up to new data plans, as well as giving Samsung and Apple the chance to create even thinner devices.
According to the report, the GSMA will soon announced the embedded SIM standard with major carriers like AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica and Vodafone looking to be a part of the new plans.
It will take some time for products to be embedded with this new “e-SIM” standard however, so there’s no chance that it will be in this year’s phone, or even next year’s.
Apple have already started work on this however, releasing their own Apple SIM standard with the iPad Air 2 last year, which allows customers to sign up for mobile data plans from any of the participating carriers directly from the device’s settings.
So it could be possible that Apple might bring this to the iPhone 6S or the iPhone 6S, but we don’t think it will be in a consumer-friendly implementation until the release of the iPhone 7 or maybe even the iPhone 8.
You can read the full report by The Financial Times at the source link below.
Source: The Financial Times
Via: Apple Insider