Ends up, the ability to change service providers on the go on the iPad Air 2 as well as iPad mini 3 could not be as straightforward as Apple visualized it. AT&T has announced that it for one will not be playing second fiddle to Apple, and also will certainly lock the Apple SIM to the AT&T network once an iPad hooks up to it. Apple is currently delivering all GSM-enabled iPad Air 2 as well as iPad mini 3 tablet computers with the Apple SIM.

Revealing the iPads recently, Apple likewise pointed out that all new iPads that were GSM enabled would feature the Apple’s own universal SIM card included. Apple SIM permits individuals to switch networks on the action, without having to switch over the SIM itself. Apple SIM presently helps the T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T networks.


AT&T nevertheless has another plan that – – at the chance of a low-cost shot – – wreaks of insecurity. Once you begin making use of the AT&T network on your iPad, the Apple SIM will certainly come to be so hooked to all those microwaves the service provider sends your way that the Apple SIM will certainly become permanently secured to it. Voila! Your Apple SIM is now an AT&T SIM from Apple.

To remove any sort of complication, Apple SIM card comes included with the new iPads got from the Apple retail stores only. If you get an iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 from a provider itself, the device will certainly come consisted of with that said service provider’s legacy SIM card. Nonetheless, the device itself will certainly not be secured down or anything like that.

While the action from AT&T should not actually come as a shock, AT&T never ever actually troubled describing the rationale behind this. It is likely that having the ability to switch providers would certainly have offered customers the ability to easily sample all sustained carriers in real-time, and also customers would certainly have been much more likely to picking the network that provides that finest performance. Clearly, AT&T worries it may not make the cut.


All said, global SIMs from Apple could possibly position a threat to carrier sales if the said SIM was to be delivered with apples iphones also, compelling consumers to purchase the phone from Apple’s own stores only. Customers will not have to dedicate to one specific provider, leading to not simply poor sales for the networks themselves, however a lessening customer base also.

While securing down the Apple SIM by AT&T is not visiting practically harm either Apple or iPad customers, it is the declaration and also concern that AT&T means to reveal for the intro of the Apple SIM. The telecommunications giant thinks this to be a clear danger to its company, and also which understands, even the sector itself.

You can follow iPhoneFirmware.com on Twitter or join our Facebook page to keep yourself updated on all the latest from Apple and the Web.