“Apple had filed for two patents in China related to dual-SIM technology”
Some reports earlier this year had suggested that the iPhone 7 would come in a dual-SIM variant, but that didn’t happen. Now, a new report on the Chinese social network Weibo suggests that the 10th-gen iPhone, allegedly dubbed the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, will come in dual-SIM variants exclusive to China.
As per a Weibo user, Apple had filed for two patents in China related to dual-SIM technology. One of the patents (patent number 2016101166075) is related to SIM selection and the other one (patent number 2016100813788) mentions power consumption related to dual SIM technology. The Cupertino tech giant filed these patents in China on February 5th and March 2nd this year.
If these patents turn out to be the real deal and do get implemented, then the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus will be the first Apple device to boast dual-SIM slots. Unfortunately, no other details regarding this functionality on the upcoming iPhones are available at the moment. Since the 10th-gen iPhones are due for an unveiling sometime in September or October 2017, we expect the rumour mill to reveal more details regarding them in the coming months.