Last year Apple caught everyone by surprise when it included a special SIM card with its iPad Air 2. This special SIM card lets users select their own carrier after buying the device. Be ready for more surprises, the new iPhone 6s is rumored to be coming with the same feature.
According to a leak from an anonymous insider who has come through before with similar leaks before, the new iPhone 6s may ship with an Apple SIM pre-installed. The same source claims Apple may also finally bump the RAM from 1GB to 2GB. This could mean improved multitasking for the iPhone 6s, thought it may have a negative effect on its battery life. If you can trade multitasking for battery life then this could be the device for you.
The most exciting part here is the Apple SIM which could make it easier for users to switch between carriers on the fly with the device. And you can choose from a variety of short-term plans from select carriers in the UK and U.S. right on your iPad. And when you travel, you may also be able to choose a data plan from a local carrier for the duration of your trip. You will not have any long-term commitment with any carrier.
This has not gone down well with some carriers and already the new SIM is facing opposition from some quarters, so it might not work quite well as advertised. Meaning you may be forced to pay the full unsubscribed price or your phone may be locked to one network. AT&T has already placed some restrictions on how the Apple SIM would work on its network once it is rolled out.
Verizon refused to take part when Apple SIM launched. Furthermore, connecting the SIM card to AT&T network means locking the card to that one carrier permanently. As matters stand now, it is not clear whether Apple will be able to bring all the carriers on board for this new device. However, the company still has plenty of time before iPhone 6s expected launch this fall. This may provide them enough time to work on bringing the carriers on board.
It could be troublesome for carriers if Apple succeeds in putting its own SIM card in the iPhone 6s. This is because many consumers will choose to buy the device at full price so they can have the flexibility and freedom to switch data plans between carriers that offer better deals. For the carriers to survive, they will be forced to offer more perks to maintain their customers and also to ensure that consumers continue buying phones from them rather than buying from Apple.