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iPhone 15 tipped to retain physical SIM slot, but there is a twist

Putting fears of iPhone 15 only being eSIM compatible globally to rest, a recent report has revealed that Phone 15 will still feature a physical SIM slot, but Apple will change how it works.

| Updated on: Aug 23 2023, 12:52 IST
5 reasons why you should wait for iPhone 15, rather than opt for iPhone 14
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1/6 Big camera upgrade: The standard iPhone 15 is expected to get a new 48MP primary camera that was introduced in the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max last year. This will be a big upgrade considering that standard iPhones always had to be content with with 12MP cameras.  (HT Tech)
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2/6 Chipset: iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus come with a an year-old A15 Bionic chipset, while the new A16 Bionic chipset was an exclusive on iPhone 14 Pro models. iPhone 15 is expected to get an A16 Bionic chipset. (HT Tech)
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3/6 Dynamic Island: Apple analyst Mark Gurman claimed that this year, all iPhone 15 models will feature Dynamic Island. This means that the iPhone 15 will completely ditch the notch display from the flagship iPhone series.  (Pixabay)
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4/6 USB-C port: All four iPhone 15 models, including the standard iPhone 15 are tipped to feature a USB-C port while replacing the years-old Lightning port.  (Unsplash)
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5/6 Display changes: the iPhone 15 may feature a 6.2-inch display instead of a 6.1-inch. However, the leaks suggest that the iPhone 15 models will stick to 60Hz like iPhone 14.  (HT Tech)
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6/6 Price: The Pro models of the iPhone 15 series are expected to get a price hike of at least $100, Tom’s Guide report suggested. However, there is no word so far on the expected iPhone 15 price. With the huge upgrades it is set to get, the price hike may just be announced although it will be a difficult decision to make for Apple. (REUTERS)
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iPhone 15 will reportedly launch at an Apple event on September 12, and it will retain its physical SIM slot, but it will undergo changes. (Representative Image) (Unsplash)

The eSIM technology is evolving and more and more smartphone companies are adopting it. At present, only premium smartphones offer the eSIM functionality, but it could trickle down to the lower segments too if this growth continues. Apple made a shocking move last year as it announced that the iPhone 14 handsets sold in the US will be eSIM only, removing the physical SIM slot altogether. Thus, it left people wondering whether the upcoming iPhone 15 series would make this move globally.

However, a recent leak has brushed off these rumours and the iPhone 15 will reportedly still feature a physical SIM slot, but Apple will change how it works.

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iPhone 15's SIM slot

eSIMs are stored on a chip that is integrated into the smartphone's motherboard. On the other hand, physical SIMs are cards that need to be inserted into the SIM slot in order to use voice calling and data services. According to an X post by user @MajinBu, the iPhone 15 will retain the physical SIM slot, but instead of being integrated into the logic board, it is now tethered to the USB Type-C port of the smartphone!

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This confirms two things - the presence of a physical SIM slot, and the USB Type-C port. We previously reported that Apple was planning to introduce braided and colour-matched USB Type-C cables with the iPhone 15 and this leak only further corroborates those rumours.

Sharing images of iPhone 15's SIM slot and USB Type-C port components, the user highlighted that the SIM slot's connector is integrated with the tail plug cable, and no encryption was found on the chip. While this change does not spell any changes to how the SIM works for iPhone users, it could make repairs easier. Since it is not connected to the logic board any more, changing a damaged SIM slot would only require swapping the USB Type-C port.

Do note that the above information is based on unofficial reports and should be taken with a pinch of salt. Only the official confirmation by Apple will reveal actual details about the iPhone 15 series, which is expected to be at the Apple event which is reportedly scheduled for September 12.

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First Published Date: 23 Aug, 12:24 IST