Apple’s decision to release the iPhone 14 series without a SIM card tray was a significant change. Instead, the phone relied solely on eSIM technology, which was limited to the US market. However, rumors have emerged that the upcoming iPhone 15 series may introduce eSIM-only versions in other regions, such as France, Germany, Ireland, the UK, Spain, Portugal, and beyond.
Although the adoption of eSIM technology has not been widespread in all countries with Apple stores, the company is likely taking steps to make this a reality and prepare carriers for that day. However, the transition may not be without challenges as some carriers may not yet offer eSIMs with all their plans. Nevertheless, eSIM technology provides significant security benefits and frees up valuable space inside phones, which can be used for more powerful hardware.
One advantage of eSIM technology is the added security it provides. It is not susceptible to theft, unlike traditional SIM cards, which can be easily removed from phones. Also, eSIM technology frees up space that would have been taken up by a traditional SIM card slot, allowing for more space for other components such as larger batteries or more advanced camera systems.
It is uncertain whether Apple will introduce eSIM-only iPhones to Europe this year, but it is likely to happen in the future. The iPhone 16 or beyond could see the widespread adoption of eSIM technology in more countries, paving the way for a more streamlined and secure mobile device experience.