Amid criticism from some clients concerning the elimination of the SIM card tray on all iPhone 14 fashions bought in the US, Apple right this moment printed a brand new help doc outlining varied “choices and advantages” for utilizing eSIMs whereas touring overseas.
Apple says an eSIM is safer than a bodily SIM because it can’t be faraway from an iPhone that’s misplaced or stolen. Apple additionally says that eSIMs get rid of the necessity to acquire, carry, and swap bodily SIM playing cards, or watch for them to reach by mail.
The help doc notes that the iPhone XS and newer can retailer eight or extra eSIMs, whereas the iPhone 13 and newer can have two eSIMs lively on the identical time.
“This might, for instance, embody one eSIM to your dwelling and one other eSIM for the place you are visiting,” the help doc explains. “You possibly can swap which of your saved eSIMs are lively just by altering your choices in Settings.”
The help doc contains data for purchasers seeking to roam internationally with their present provider, buy an eSIM from an area provider whereas touring overseas, or buy a pay as you go information eSIM from a worldwide service supplier.
Apple says clients can activate an unlocked iPhone 14 mannequin bought in the US with over 400 carriers that help eSIM on the iPhone in 100 markets all over the world. Apple provides that many worldwide service suppliers additionally provide pay as you go eSIM information plans for long-term use in international locations all over the world.
Some individuals have expressed issues about eSIM availability whereas touring overseas with eSIM-only iPhone 14 fashions from the US.
In his iPhone 14 Professional digital camera evaluation, journey photographer Austin Mann stated he was “a bit involved concerning the practicality of an eSIM-only method for vacationers with US iPhones who regularly go to the growing world,” including that he often purchases an area SIM card in international locations the place he travels in order that it’s simpler and cheaper to speak with individuals inside the nation. Mann stated he could be thrilled to toss out his assortment of bodily SIM playing cards, however stated he has been unable to determine how to enroll in an eSIM line in East Africa, the place he plans to journey subsequent summer time.
The help doc is unlikely to assuage upset clients, however it does function a useful useful resource for utilizing eSIM expertise.