Apple iPhone Xs and Xs Max to Have Dual SIM Capability Later this Fall

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The iPhone X now has successors. (Photo: Aaron Yoo/Flickr)

Apple has unveiled their newest iPhone models, and they come with a new feature: dual SIM.

Apple has decided to take a big step forward with the new iPhone Xs and Xs Max, and along with the new and amazing features the tech giant has given the devices come dual-SIM functionality. That's right; the iPhone Xs and Xs Max can now have two SIMs on active standby.

According to Apple, the new iPhone Xs and Xs Max will both make use of Gigabit-class LTE, for faster downloads, and dual-SIM functionality via the use of a traditional physical nano-SIM and digital eSIM.

This means the new handsets will be capable of running on two different carriers, giving users certain benefits that only dual SIM-capable phones have.

For example, people who live in locations that only have regional telecom companies will be able to stay connected without the need to swap out SIM cards whenever traveling to different regions, Tech Crunch noted.

Excited consumers should note that there are some catches to this, though. For starters, consumers who hail from countries that don't have eSIMs should know that these are different from traditional physical SIM cards that need to be inserted in the handset body.

eSIMs are basically electronic SIM cards that are embedded into the device by certain carriers, tech guide How-To Geek says. It's locked onto a specific carrier, and when users want to switch carriers they'll have to talk to the carrier's staff before making the switch. That's not as quick and easy as taking out the SIM card and replacing it with another carrier's.

It does offer continuous cellular service, though. Unlike traditional SIMs that need to be replaced or swapped-out when a user is traveling to a different country (unless roaming features are turned on), eSIMs usually stay connected as long as supported carriers are present.

Thankfully, there's more than one carrier that supports eSIMs now. Apple flashed the logos of carriers Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Bell, EE, Vodafone, Airtel, Deutsche Telekom, Truphone, GigSky and Jio. Consumers can simply choose from this list.

People in places where eSIMs are supported shouldn't be discouraged, however. Apple will be releasing iPhone Xs and Xs Max versions supporting two physical SIM cards in China. Hopefully, these two SIM-slot versions will make their way to other countries without eSIM support.

Apple says dual-SIM support will be available this fall. It will come via a free software update.

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