Apple’s move to eliminate the SIM tray in US models of its new iPhone 14 could be a bigger move than its decision to abandon the old headphone port with iPhone 7. The obvious questions: what does eSIM offer and how do you provision devices?
Apple’s journey to eSIM
Apple first introduced electronic Subscriber Identity Module (eSIM) support in the iPhone XS, but it was optional — the handset also had a SIM tray for use with physical SIM cards. But Apple’s newly introduced iPhone 14 line-up has no SIM tray in the US, which means carriers must provision the device exclusively using an eSIM. (The new iPhones arrive on Friday.)