The US version of Apple's iPhone 14 series can only use eSIM

Early this morning, Apple held a new product launch conference and officially released the iPhone 14 series of mobile phones. This series of mobile phones has four models: iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The starting price is 5999 yuan, and the reservation will be open on September 9.

At the launch of the new product, Kaiann Drance, Apple's vice president of marketing, said that the US version of the iPhone 14 series no longer has a SIM card slot, and users can only use eSIM (embedded mobile phone card). However, the iPhone 14 series sold in China are not affected, and the SIM card slot is still retained, and users can continue to use the physical SIM card.

eSIM is an embedded SIM card, and the full English name is Embedded-SIM. eSIM turns a pluggable physical SIM card into a virtual SIM card that is embedded directly on the device chip, providing identification for each terminal device and enabling it to access the operator's network.

The eSIM can further save space inside the phone, making room for other components such as the processor and battery. However, it is more troublesome to change the mobile phone number of the eSIM, and you need to go to the business hall or use another mobile phone to scan the code to replace it.

Apple applied for eSIM-related patents as early as 2011, and with the launch of the iPhone XR and XS in 2018, Apple began to introduce eSIM into the iPhone. On iOS 16, Apple added support for eSIM transmission between iPhones via Bluetooth.

iPhones in mainland China do not currently support eSIM. In Hong Kong and Macau, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone SE (2nd and 3rd generation), and iPhone XS support eSIM.

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