Apple’s new iPhones are finally bringing something to the table that many Android phones have offered before: dual SIM capabilities. However it will be different from how most Android phones implement it, in which save for China, the new iPhones will support one physical SIM and one eSIM.

Now eSIM tech isn’t exactly new and Apple has been employing its use for a while now on its other products. However now that it is on the iPhone, ABI Research believes that it will help to spur the adoption and expansion of the technology. According to the research firm, they claim that Apple’s use of the technology is “critical” to expanding its use around the world.

They believe that the eSIM market could easily top 420 million units annually by 2022, and that Apple’s adoption of the tech will also result in other manufacturers doing the same. While Apple isn’t always the first, their branding and reach has helped popularize features that had already been in existence, such as the fingerprint sensor which is now on pretty much every phone out there.

The notch is also something that they weren’t the first to adopt, but yet somehow it is almost always associated with them. There are obvious benefits to using eSIM technology, such as ease of switching carriers, especially when traveling overseas, and also helping make the insides of phones smaller which could help cram extra tech or battery into them.

Filed in Apple >Cellphones. Read more about iPhone, Iphone Xr and Iphone Xs.

ProductiPhone XRiPhone XS
Diagonal (inches)6.1" (15.5cm)5.8" (14.7cm)
Megapixel12 Megapixel12 Megapixel
Battery Capacity (mAh)2659 mAh
Processor NameApple A12 BionicA12 Bionic
RAM Options3 GB,4 GB,
Street Price$999 iPhone XS on Amazon
Link to full specsiPhone XS Full specs and details
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