Why Apple Is Ditching The Physical Sim Card

If you want to get a tiny SIM card out of a tiny tray in your iPhone, you may no longer need to use a paper clip as a scalpel.

Apple's upcoming iPhone 14 series in the US won't have SIM cards or trays. Instead, the company is adopting digital eSIMs.

Every cell phone has a SIM card that gives it a unique number and lets it connect to wireless networks so you can text and call.

A SIM card that is "embedded" in a phone is one that is physically a part of the device itself. This is referred to as a "eSIM."

People usually change their SIM cards when they switch plans with their carrier or when they go abroad and want to use a different service provider while they are there.

Apple added eSIM capability to iPhones in 2018, suggesting it would make activating cell plans and using multiple phone numbers and carriers easier.

Now, Apple is making this feature even better by getting rid of the infrastructure that lets the iPhone 14 work with physical SIM cards.

Apple's VP of iPhone marketing, Kaiann Drance, said during the announcement on Wednesday, "With eSIM, you can transfer or receive a new cellular plan digitally."

Removing the SIM card slot could provide room for bigger batteries or other features. Apple is always attempting to make its devices thinner, so this isn't small thing.