Apple caught us by surprise last year when it included a special SIM card with the iPad Air 2. The unexpected Apple SIM lets customers select their own carrier after buying the device. Now, it looks like the same feature could be coming to the rumored iPhone 6s.
AppleInsider reports the Cupertino company may ship its next iPhone with an Apple SIM pre-installed, citing an anonymous insider who’s come through before with previous leaks. The same source adds that Apple may also finally make the jump from 1GB of RAM to 2GB with the iPhone 6s. That could mean improved multi-tasking for the device, though it might also be an extra drain on the battery.
The big news here is the possibility of an Apple SIM, which could potentially make it a lot easier to switch between carriers on the fly with an iPhone 6s. However, the new SIM card already faces opposition from some carriers, so it might not work quite as well as advertised. You’d also presumably have to pay the full unsubsidized price or risk having your phone locked to one network regardless.
When the Apple SIM launched Verizon refused to take part. Additionally, connecting the SIM card to AT&T’s network means locking it to that one carrier permanently. It’s unclear if Apple will be able to get all its carriers onboard in time for the iPhone 6s, though the company still has plenty of time before the device’s expected launch this fall.