New iPads can effortlessly switch carriers with Apple SIM

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Swap SIMs no more. Photo: Apple
Swap SIMs no more. Photo: Apple

There’s a really cool feature in today’s new iPads that got zero stage time during the keynote. Apple has built its own SIM card that allows the user to switch between different carriers and plans right from iOS.

“The new Apple SIM is preinstalled on iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models,” according to Apple’s website, which confirms that the iPad mini 3 gets the new SIM too. “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.”

This is a great idea on Apple’s part. It eliminates the need to go into a physical store to sign up for a tablet data plan, and it even allows you to cycle through different plans without swapping for another SIM. Based on the screenshot from Apple, it looks like plans will be accessible from the iPad’s cellular options in the Settings app.

Right now the Apple SIM is limited to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and EE in the U.K. Here’s to hoping more carriers, namely Verizon, are added soon. It’s a pipe dream, but imagine something like this one day working on the iPhone.