Apple announced their new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 at a press event yesterday, the company also announced something else which went relatively unnoticed, a new Apple SIM.
The iPad Air 2 WiFi and Cellular version will come with a SIM card pre-installed, and it is called the Apple SIM, and it will apparently let you choose between different mobile carriers.
When the iPad Air 2 launches, the Apple SIM will be available in the U.S. and the UK, and three carriers in the UK will support it, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, and in the UK it will be supported by EE, Apple explains below how the SIM card works.
The new Apple SIM is preinstalled on iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models. The Apple SIM gives you the flexibility to choose from a variety of short-term plans from select carriers in the U.S. and UK right on your iPad. So whenever you need it, you can choose the plan that works best for you — with no long-term commitments. And when you travel, you may also be able to choose a data plan from a local carrier for the duration of your trip.
So basically you should be able to easily switch between carriers on the iPad Air 2 without any long contracts. If Apple decides to bring this new Apple SIM to the iPhone in the future that could mean some major changes to the way mobile carriers offer their services.
Source Julian Theys, QUARTZ, Techmeme
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