Six years after Apple ditched the headphone jack on the new iPhones, Apple has announced that the next iPhone 14 and 14 Pro models in the US will not have physical SIM card slots.
However, Canadian customers can still use their physical SIM cards on the new iPhones.
According to product specs on Apple’s Canadian website, all iPhone 14 and 14 Pro models, including the iPhone 14 Plus and 14 Pro Max, will continue to support physical SIM cards in addition to an eSIM, similar to the existing iPhone 13th and 13th Pro models.
Images of the new iPhones on Apple’s Canadian website also show SIM card slots on the side of the phones, which are missing from the company’s US website.
The US iPhone 14 and 14 Pro models will rely on eSIMs instead. An eSIM (short for Embedded SIM) is a SIM card that is hardwired to the phone and allows users to switch carriers digitally without having to swap out a physical SIM card.
US and Canadian iPhones support up to two eSIMs at the same time. According to Apple, eSIMs can be particularly useful for travelers who want to use a different carrier in another country.
“With eSIM, you can quickly transfer an existing cellular plan or get a new cellular plan, all digitally,” Kaiann Drance, Apple’s vice president of iPhone marketing, said during the company’s announcement on Wednesday.
The new iPhones are expected to be available on September 16th.
With files from CNN
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