But Apple did it differently. The company went for a hybrid solution rather than increasing the SIM slot size to fit two nano SIM cards. Since the iPhone XS/XR, all iPhones have support for a physical and a digital SIM (eSIM).
Apple is preparing a major upgrade for the iPhone 14 series. The more expensive iPhone 14 Pro models will have a hole-punch display, while the less expensive iPhone 14 models will have the notch design that Apple has utilised since the iPhone X. However, this may not be the only substantial change for the iPhone series in 2022. Several sources claim that Apple is already working on an iPhone without a real SIM card slot, with one speculating that it might be released as early as next year’s iPhone 14. The other claims that the iPhone 15 series, which will be released in 2023, will not have a real SIM slot.
That said, the next step is for handset makers to remove physical SIMs. Apple is one of the usual suspects when it comes to such a radical design choice. The company’s port-less, button-less iPhone has appeared in leaks and patents more than once. Such a device isn’t likely to feature a physical SIM card slot. As a result, such an iPhone would be waterproof, as the liquid would not have any means of getting into the handset.
All future iPhones should continue to support dual SIM connectivity, whether it’s the iPhone 14 or iPhone 15 series. That’s because most carriers now support eSIM functionality.
An insider with an unnamed British company is supposedly working on the project. That person revealed the iPhone 15 will lack a physical SIM. The report makes no mention of iPhone 14 SIM design changes.
Brazilian blog blogdoiphone learned from sources familiar with the matter that the iPhone 15 Pro models will not feature physical SIM slots. The 2023 iPhone Pro versions will feature support for dual-eSIM functionality.
The same blog notes that the iPhone 15 series should introduce Apple’s 5G modem and an under-display fingerprint sensor. Additionally, the iPhone 15 might lack a physical charging port.