Forget iPhone 15, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs did not want first iPhone to have a SIM card
Though the first iPhone without a physical SIM card slot is expected to be the iPhone 15 Pro model, Steve Jobs, Apple's iconic co-founder, wanted the first iPhone to be SIM-free. Yes! The shocking revelation was made by "Father of iPod" Tony Fadell during the launch of Build: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making at the Computer History Museum. While talking to journalist Joanna Stern, Fadell revealed that Jobs' vision for the iPhone was to have a connected device without a SIM card slot as he wasn't a big fan of the iPhone having a physical SIM card slot. Why did Jobs not want a SIM card in the first iPhone? He told Stern that Jobs “didn't want another hole in it."
He shared that Jobs wanted Apple to use CDMA technology in the iPhone to connect to cell towers, instead of GSM. And Apple did launch a CDMA version of the iPhone 4 but the SIM tray was also there.
An iPhone without a SIM card tray is something that Apple has been dreaming for years. The tech giant does offer eSIM functionality on its iPhones but the feature is limited to a few countries.
However, it looks like Apple will actually launch the an iPhone without the physical SIM card tray, most probably, iPhone 15. The rumor suggesting that the iPhone 15 Pro models might not ship with a SIM card slot have already been creating a buzz on the internet. And taking the excitement a notch higher, a tipster recently suggested that the Cupertino based tech giant might launch some iPhone 14 models without a physical SIM tray instead of iPhone 15. As reported by Macrumors, Apple has already advised major U.S. carriers to prepare for the launch of eSIM-only smartphones by September 2022.