There have been rumours in the past that future iPhones may come with dual-sim support and it may come as early as this year. The feature is said to come to the larger ‘Plus’ model while also having dual-SIM support for specific regions.
This is probably the first time we’ve seen some form of concrete evidence about the iPhone getting dual-sim support. As usual, please take this with a grain of salt, as we never know what Apple does with the final product that will launch in September later this year.
Now that iOS 12 developer Beta 5 is out, 9to5Mac discovered a code that specifically hints towards Dual-Sim iPhone.
In the image below, one can clearly notice in the code “simTrayStatus” and “ secondsimTrayStatus” that is clearly marked. This suggests that Apple may be testing a device that has support for two Sim Cards on a single device. What’s great is that the code was spotted in the iOS 12 developer beta, so we can at least assume that Apple has thought about implementing the much-wanted feature.
Dual-Sim services are popular in countries like India and China and other regions such as Nigeria, Brazil, and Egypt. Apple’s move to introduce a dual-sim variant would be a strategic and crucial move in order to capture the Asian market in terms of sales and market shares.
Dual-Sim smartphones have always been popular in the two biggest markets for smartphone and it seems like Apple may finally launch a device that will be hugely popular in India.
Indian users tend to have more than two SIM cards, thanks to new mobile operators such as Jio, who offer extremely competitive data plans. This will allow users to use two different sim cards with different plans without having to swap out SIM cards. The feature would also be important for travellers, who like to use a local SIM card while visiting.
This would be a welcome move, only if Apple actually goes through with it, however, keep in mind that this speculation is not confirmed at the moment. We can only know for sure once Apple announces the new iPhone later this year.