Steve Jobs the first iPhone to be SIM-free

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The first ever iPhone from 2007 clearly changed the tech industry to a great extent, making smartphones one of the crucial aspects of today’s generation. Though the iPhone came up as something one had never seen before, but hardly did anyone know Steve Job’s actual vision for it. The Apple founder initially wanted the original iPhone to be one without a SIM card. “Father of iPod,” Tony Fadell revealed these facts during the promotion of his new book Build: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making. 

According to Fadell, Jobs wanted Apple to use CDMA technology in its iPhone to connect to cell towers, rather than GSM. Fadell said that he had to convince Jobs that CDMA adoption simply wasn’t widespread enough to be sustainable for the iPhone. While Apple did get round to a CDMA iPhone 4, the SIM tray persisted in all of Apple’s best iphones right up to the iphone 12 and iphone 13 released just last year.

Apple does offer eSIM functionality on its iPhones but the feature is limited to a few countries. An iPhone without a physical SIM card is something Apple has been dreaming up for years, and looks like the time is near when the company actually launches the device without the actual SIM card tray. In fact, rumour has it that the iPhone 15 Pro models might not ship with a SIM card slot, paving way for a SIM-free iPhone.

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