After a long hiatus Apple has managed to come out with some ground breaking technical innovation and it is a software SIM card found in cellular versions of the iPad Air 2 and Mini 3, dubbed as AppleSIM. As of now Apple has tied up with telecom majors from U.S. and U.K. for implementation of this new feature. AppleSIM can be configured to work with various carriers in U.S. and U.K. and allows easy switching between different networks without the need to change physical SIM cards.
AppleSIM is one SIM card which when placed in iPad Air 2 or Mini 3 will automatically be configured to work with multiple telecom networks. This also allows device user to quickly and easily toggle between networks of their choice without the need of procuring physical SIM cards from carriers. This new feature will definitely allow iPad users to choose the best network available for calling and data.
The all new AppleSIM card is being offered with new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 in U.S. and U.K. markets. With AppleSIM, company is enabling its customers to manage their data and calling plan providers with ease and while roaming they can opt for cheaper data plans from local service providers. “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,” Apple says on its site. “So whenever you need it, you can choose the plan that works best for you — with no long-term commitments.”
Initial impact would not be that big, as Apple has been able to rope in only a handful of carriers in US and UK. But analysts believe that in the future when it gets into mainstream iPhone and more carriers comes along it will be a major development. Till now its not clear how the data plans will be subscribed. If it is facilitated by iTunes then Apple will surely take its commission. US iPad Air 2 users could utilize AppleSIM on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile (no Verizon till now), while those from UK can avail this feature only with EE.