Apple drops the physical SIM card from iPhone 14 models in the U.S.

iPhone 14 Pro colors
iPhone 14 Pro colors (Image credit: Apple)

If you're holding on to the past and love using a physical SIM card, your days are numbered, my friend.

Earlier today, Apple hosted its "Far Out" special event where Tim Cook and team announced the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch SE 2, Apple Watch Ultra, and AirPods Pro 2.

One of the unexpected announcements at the event concerned the SIM card, or lack thereof, with the iPhone 14 lineup. The company announced that it would be removing the physical SIM tray from iPhone 14 models in the United States, so it is eSIM or bust for iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro owners in the country.

Why is Apple removing the SIM tray?!

In the announcement release for the iPhone 14 models, the company says that it is removing the option for a physical SIM card in the United States for a few reasons. First, Apple says that eSIM is available on all compatible carriers and that eSIM makes it easier to set up your phone.

The company also says that it is the option that enables iPhone users to have multiple numbers on the same iPhone. It also claims that eSIM is a more secure option than a physical SIM card.

"eSIM allows users to easily connect or quickly transfer their existing plans digitally, is a more secure alternative to a physical SIM card, and allows for multiple cellular plans on a single device. iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus remove the SIM tray for US models, enabling users to more quickly and easily set up their devices," the announcement release reads.

The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro will be available for preorder on Friday, September 9, and launch next week on Friday, September 16. Preorders for AirPods Pro 2 will launch on Friday with the earbuds releasing on September 23. The Apple Watch models are already available for preorder and will also launch over the next couple of weeks.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.