Apple has refrained from releasing dual-SIM smartphones despite the fact that they are very much in demand and almost all major smartphone vendors have jumped the dual-SIM bandwagon. However, that could change soon as reports from over the wall indicate that dual-SIM functionality could soon be incorporated in new iPhones – possibly iPhone 8.
According to a report on Forbes, Apple has filed a document with China’s State Intellectual Property Office that reveals details about a dual-SIM card feature in iPhones. The application was submitted by Apple’s Principal Architect for cellular software Li Su. The filing is a strong indication that Apple has dual-SIM functionality in mind and that it may end up on one of the future iPhones.
Apart from China, the report also points to a patent filing in the US. Notably, Apple has been granted dual-SIM functionality patent in the US last week. The patent describes the functionality as, “Some mobile devices have the capability of using multiple SIMs. Allowing users to maintain different wireless services, such as for business and personal use.”
At this moment, it isn’t clear whether Apple will launch a dual-SIM enabled iPhone in the future. Considering, the company sells its devices in most countries in partnership with telecom carriers; the dual-SIM addition may put the company’s relation at risk with telecom carriers.
There might be a chance that Apple may unveil a dual-SIM iPhone only in select markets including India and China where majority of smartphones are sold with the dual-SIM functionality. It’s also worth mentioning that Apple sometimes takes patent for functionality and never uses it on devices. We will have to wait to see whether Apple is indeed considering a dual-SIM iPhone for future.