Question: Apple SIM / soft SIM in Apple Watch?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by mark-vdw, Jan 13, 2016.

  1. mark-vdw macrumors regular

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    Question out of curiosity, to people with more knowledge about this than me.

    There were reports for a while about Apple introducing their Apple SIM standard on the iPhone, and also pushing towards completely removing the SIM, in what i've heard described as a virtual SIM / soft SIM / eSIM. Is this something that they could be pushing for in context of the Watch, or is adding cellular to the watch still a very long way off (in terms of battery consumption, antenna size requirements, etc)?
     
  2. exxxviii macrumors 65816

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    Many other smart watches have mobile access already, so the technology is there. (It has been there for a couple years with a few watches.) Whether Apple decides to adopt the technology is pure speculation.
     
  3. Julien macrumors G3

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    Apple is interested in adding more health and fitness sensors to the :apple:Watch. Also while Apple has never been shy about cannibalizing other product lines the iPhone is sacred. Apple is not about to start slaughtering the cash cow now. Apple wants the :apple:Watch to help sell iPhones, not replace them.;)

    Also Apple is not about to make an ugly 'hockey puck' sized :apple:Watch in order to cram enough battery to power a cell radio.

    EDIT: Add that the carriers aren't too thrilled about the software SIM too.
     
  4. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

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    When Apple does this, it will be a game changer. Carriers need to be on board to offer cheap plans. I don't see it fully replacing a phone since app experiences are so limited on the watch, but it would let people go out for a jog or swim and not bring their phones.
     

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