Apple Strongarms Consumers Again By Removing iPhone 14 SIM Card Slot, But Why?
Smartphones have evolved significantly in the last decade and ditched a number of features many users had grown accustomed to. One of the first features that disappeared was the headphone jack. Apple led the charge back in 2016, when the company launched its iPhone 7 without a headphone jack. The move at the time infuriated many, but Android phone makers followed suit shortly after. Now, Apple has taken another physical feature from users in the form of a SIM card tray.
But not everyone is excited about the news. Joshua Vergara tweeted after the reveal, "I'm sorry I can't get over this. So first it was the headphone jack, Apple just made that a thing and it was a big pain for a bit. Now no SIM card so if you're traveling, you're forced to pay for international roaming on your eSIM from US carriers?!"
While someone who claims to work for Verizon, @Jasmine21190639, responded to one of Vergara's tweets about the missing SIM card tray, stating that "As a Verizon employee we try not to use eSims as much as possible and will always activate with a physical SIM card just because of how many issues it has with activations."
Although many will be unhappy with this move, it's likely that Android phones will follow suit, just as was that case with the headphone jack -- the only question is when. While Apple has not provided a way of adding additional storage via micro SD cards, many Android phones still use the SIM card tray as a method of allowing its users to do so. If the SIM card tray does disappear from all smartphones, it will more than likely also mean the end of consumers being able to expand storage as well.
What are you thoughts on Apple removing the SIM card tray from its iPhone lineup? Do you see it as a positive, or do think it will cause more issues in the long run for customers? Let us know in the comments.