As excited as consumers might be for the next iPhone, mobile carriers might be in for a nasty surprise. As Barron’s notes, Apple might debut an eSIM chip in its next iPhone models. If you’ve ever switched cell carriers (or have even a passing knowledge of smartphones), you’ve probably heard of SIM cards. These plastic cards fit into a tray that slides into your phone and allow cell towers to identify your phone. Without one, you can’t get service.
The eSIM, on the other hand, is a chip that is actually soldered to the circuit board of the phone before it ever leaves the factory. In addition to eliminating the need for a SIM tray, the eSIM can be programmed over the air, rather than requiring consumers to visit a carrier store to swap out their SIM cards.
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Apple’s 2018 iPhone X could be a big headache for mobile carriers