What you need to know
- New images show Apple may be moving the SIM tray on the iPhone.
- A report claims Apple will move the tray to the left side of the phone.
- The change is to make room for the 5G AiP.
New images posted on the Macotakara blog today show that Apple could potentially be moving the home of the SIM tray for the upcoming iPhone 12.
According to the post, the SIM tray will be moved from the side with the Side button to the side with the Volume and Mute buttons. The move is to make room for the 5G Antenna in Package that is expected to be featured in the new iPhone.
The first image shows off the SIM tray under the volume rocker buttons that currently exist on the left side of the iPhone, where the mute switch is also located.
The second image shows off a new "AiP module" on the right side of the iPhone 12, underneath the Side button and where the SIM tray is currently located on the iPhone 11 and previous models.
The change could be happening to make enough room for the new iPhone to support 5G mmWave technology, a possibility that 9to5Mac points out due to a memo from Apple supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Currently, these images are based off of sources through Alibaba, so they should be taken with a grain of salt.
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.
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