Steve Job Always Wanted an iPhone Without a Physical Sim Car
The original iPhone was released 10 years ago, and it made quite an impact when it came to smartphones. With its revolutionary touchscreen, the slim design, and the large app store, this phone really took the world by storm. When it was first introduced, Steve Jobs presented the iPhone as three revolutionary products in one – an iPod, a mobile phone, and an internet communications device (or communicator). Moreover, Steve Job Always Wanted an iPhone Without a Physical Sim Car
He was always against the idea of having an iPhone with a physical sim card. Instead, he wished for an eSIM. To put it in his words: he didn’t want a device with “another hole in it”.
He was always against the idea of having an iPhone with a physical sim card.
Verizon is an example to back up the assertion that an iPhone without a SIM card slot would be possible, since the carrier uses a CDMA network instead of GSM. CDMA phones are not compatible with SIM cards, since they are directly linked to the carrier’s network.
Using CDMA Instead of GSM for the iPhone wouldn’t work
Tony Fadell, inventor of the iPhone and iPod, notes that to convince Steve Jobs that using CDMA would be better for the iPhone rather than GSM, he had to use market data to show him that the latter has always had a limited user base. One of the reasons why it wouldn’t work is because CDMA technology always has small adoption, and Apple wanted to make sure that the iPhone would work everywhere.
CDMA technology always has small adoption, and Apple wanted to make sure that the iPhone would work everywhere.
Fadell expressed that:
When you work with a highly opinionated person, especially when they can get V1 so right, and you’ve got to go against them, make sure you bring data. And it had to be a team of us, couldn’t be just one of them.
The introduction of the eSIM
But the use of the eSIM was born with the introduction of the iPhone XS. Users could use the iPhone with both a physical sim and a eSIM.
And it is believed even that Apple may be removing the SIM card slot from their smartphones as early as the iPhone 15 series. The well-known tech company advises carriers to prepare for the arrival of iPhones with an eSIM card.
Frequently asked Questions
What is an eSIM?
An eSIM stands for Subscriber Identity/Identification Module (SIM) which is embedded in phones, watches, etc. If a user doesn’t want to carry a physical SIM card in his phone, they can let his carrier install a piece of software onto a so called “eUICC chip” that’s permanently attached to a device.
What is CDMA?
CDMA is an abbreviation of Code Division Multiple Access, and it is a competing cell phone service technology to GSM, a predecessor of LTE, that has not been upgraded since 2010.
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