Many Indians were concerned that because the recently released smartphone wouldn’t function on Indian networks, they wouldn’t be able to ask a family member or friend to send them an iPhone 14 from the US. Why? since the iPhone 14 that will be offered in the US lacks a SIM card slot.
An e-SIM, which has been around for a few years but hasn’t been widely adopted in markets like India, will be used to connect the device to the cellular network. There are worries that this would enable carriers or Apple to lock off the phone to a specific network or area. But SIM-equipped phones could also experience that. Because of this, markets like the US also offer an iPhone that has been carrier-unlocked.
However, it is still possible to buy an unlocked iPhone in the US.
It will cost less than what you would pay in India and you would even receive a global warranty on it. As you will be required to utilise an e-SIM, which are software-defined SIMs prebuilt into the device and enabled through the iPhone’s settings interface, the US model may be more secure. All three carriers—Airtel, Jio, and Vodafone—offer e-SIM capabilities and are connected to the iPhone. So do not worry.
Why do I emphasise security? Well, the iPhone is already a challenging phone for a burglar to hack. Even the outdated iPhone 5C from 2013 may be cracked, as the FBI in the US discovered when Apple refused to unlock a phone found on a deceased terrorist.
It has only gotten harder over time with the advent of features like Face ID and improvements to Apple’s encryption.
In addition to being more harder to hack into, the Find My iPhone system, Face ID, and Apple’s Secure Enclave on the A series chipset make it possible to track the device with ease. The task is made considerably more challenging for the individual attempting to breach when the SIM card tray is removed and a SIM is mapped using software. Heck, the new iPhones’ e-SIM technology allows you to map numerous SIM cards.
When the passcode is entered incorrectly ten times in a row, it frequently results in the uselessness of a stolen iPhone. What if, though, the numeric passcode was something as simple as 1, 2, 3, or 0? The phone can then be broken into, but with the iPhone 14, the intruder first needs to gain access to your iCloud ID, which probably has a more complicated password. Additionally, a SIM card that is mapped to a network in the name of a certain owner will add to the complication.
“The proliferation of eSIMs will fundamentally alter how connectivity across devices is activated and managed. According to a research paper from 2019, Satyajit Sinha, a research analyst at Counterpoint Research, “The e-compact SIM’s form factor offers significant space reduction for device manufacturers along with potentially higher security, reprogrammability, and power efficiencies over the traditional SIM card solutions.”
Although space savings and the elimination of a moving part are the primary drivers, as Sinha notes for Apple, the security advantages cannot be disregarded. Naturally, the telecom operators must contribute to user identification if security is to exist. But this part is simple.
These are user-focused features that frequently aren’t included in marketing campaigns. And this distinguishes Apple from the competition. A new dual-core accelerometer and a new gyroscope are part of the iPhone 14 series’ “crash detection” system, which can detect impacts from automobile crashes of up to 256G and automatically contact with emergency services to let them know the precise location of the accident.
The iPhone 14 now has satellite phone communication for US users, which functions even without a cellular network. Imagine you’re lost in the wilderness or perhaps you went hiking and you want your mother to be able to locate you with the help of a GPS. The device will sync to iCloud.com on the internet or Find My iPhone, which can be accessed from any Apple device.
But more than anything, the removal of the SIM card from US models by Apple indicates that it is testing the waters. As and when the time comes, this could mean a complete removal of the SIM tray from all iPhones in India. For models being sold in India, it has already taken off the SIM tray for the cellular iPads.
The e-SIM technology is already present in connected-car features on our four-wheelers as well as smartwatches like the Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy Watch. The smartphone is where the e-SIM falls short, but Apple’s actions may change this.
By setting the example, Apple may encourage other smartphone manufacturers to follow suit, which would make it much more difficult for thieves to steal handsets.