Every year an iPhone launch is preceded with rumors about Apple finally adding dual-SIM support. But so far they have been just been rumors. Ahead of the new iPhone launch next month, we have again come across rumors of dual-SIM support, but things are looking a bit different this time around.
Apart from the usual rumors, the mention of a second SIM card has been spotted on the just released iOS 12 developer beta 5. The folks at 9To5Mac have spotted two references – “second SIM status” and “second SIM tray status” – in the system responsible for the generating diagnostic reports. There is another reference to a “dual sim device” in the developer beta.
This comes across as the clearest indication yet that Apple’s iOS is gearing up to run on an iPhone that will support two SIM cards. Apple is widely expected to launch three iPhones this year. One will be the successor to the iPhone X. The other two will succeed the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus, but will adopt an iPhone X-like design.
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone model is most likely to feature two SIM card slots. It is still anyone’s guess if there will be two separate SIM slots or if the company will go the Apple SIM way. The first of the two options makes more sense, since Apple SIM is not supported in most countries.
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Dual-SIM card slot has long been a standard feature on Android devices, and many have no doubt been waiting for Apple to introduce it. In countries like India, where Apple has lately been struggling, a dual-SIM feature will go a long way in winning new users.