The brand new iPads are ditching bodily SIM playing cards

The new 2024 iPad Pro.
Not a SIM tray in sight on the brand new iPad Professional. | Photograph: David Pierce / The Verge

Apple giveth OLED screens, and Apple taketh away… SIM playing cards. As noticed by 9to5Mac, Apple has eliminated the bodily SIM slot on the mobile variations of the brand new iPad Air and iPad Professional fashions. First the iPhone, now the iPad — Apple is all in on an eSIM future, it appears.

The iPhone 14 was the primary mannequin to lose the SIM slot, however solely within the US — variations bought in different nations nonetheless embody a bodily SIM tray. That doesn’t appear to be the case with the brand new iPad Air and iPad Professional; Apple’s UK and Canadian retail websites state that the brand new fashions use eSIM and are “not suitable with bodily SIM playing cards.”

eSIM has been catching on in recognition over the previous few years. Most smartphone flagships help the know-how, however solely Apple has taken…

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