Apple iPad now has a pre-installed SIM card that will allow you to switch between different networks so as to get the best pricing deal.
This is the first time a pre-installed SIM is being used and it came as a surprise to many when Apple mentioned it in the October 16 event at which it introduced the iMac, the iPad Air 2, the iPad Mini 3, OS X Yosemite and Safari browser.
Those purchasing iPad Air 2 or iPad Mini 3 in the US or UK will get their tablets having re-programmable pre-installed SIM card.
A statement from Apple website explains thus: “The new Apple SIM is preinstalled on iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models. The Apple SIM gives you the flexibility to choose from a variety of short-term plans from select carriers in the U.S. and UK right on your iPad.”
The website continues to say, “You can choose the plan that works best for you — with no long-term commitments. And when you travel, you may also be able to choose a data plan from a local carrier for the duration of your trip.” .
The scheme is only limited to three carriers in the US as of now: the Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile, while in the UK, there only the EE.
This new Apple SIM is removable and the iPads bought from a carrier have regular locked SIMs.
The Apple SIM can be replaced by regular SIM cards but due to its convenience, it may sound the death of these regular SIM cards. This is more so because Apple will try to extend the scheme to more and more countries.
Apple may also use this card in iPhones too, meaning in the near future we may not even see a SIM card. Apple has been interested in doing away with SIM cards for some years and has been exploring the possibility of using non-removable embedded SIM cards.
This new Apple SIM will make switching carriers by users very easy thereby increasing competition among various carriers and compelling other phone makers to push up their technology, and it will eventually cause the death of the removable SIM card as we know it now.