iPhone 8 may get dual-SIM support, reveals Apple patent filing

UNITED STATES: There is a reason why phones with dual-SIM card feature are popular. They are mighty useful, especially in countries like India where people like choices in what network they use. But the iPhone just like many other high-end phones doesn't have this feature. But just like many other high-end phones, most notable the Samsung Galaxy S7, it is possible that the next iPhone aka the iPhone 8 in 2017 may come with support for two SIM cards.

According to a report by Forbes, Apple has filed an application with the Chinese intellectual property office for a patent that describes support for dual-SIM card feature in a phone. At the same time, the company has also seen a similar application getting approved by the US patent office last week.

"Some mobile devices have the capability of using multiple SIMs," notes the US patent. This allows "users to maintain different wireless services, such as for business and personal use."

Once a not-so-important feature, the support for dual-SIM cards in a phone has crucial for phone companies. Almost all the mainstream and budget phones nowadays sold in India support two SIM cards because consumers here like to use multiple SIM cards for multiple purposes. One SIM card they may use for data, while the other one is used for calls and messages.

Realising the importance of the feature, companies have started putting it in even high-end phones. OnePlus 3, which is arguably India's most loved phone of 2016, and now OnePlus 3T support dual-SIM feature and so does the Galaxy S7.

Apple will release its next iPhone, likely to be called iPhone 8, in September 2017. This is going to be the 10th anniversary of the iPhone and hence the expectations from the phone are high. The iPhone is also due for a redesign this year given the fact that Apple has used the same design after the 2016 when it came out with the iPhone 6.

A lot of new features have been rumoured for the iPhone 8. Here is quick recap:

-- Curved or edge-to-edge display.

-- No home button. This will allow a bigger screen without increasing the size of the phone.

-- Three variants: 4.7-inch iPhone 8. 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus and 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus with AMOLED display.

-- The bigger variants are likely to have dual-camera similar to what the iPhone 7 Plus has.

-- A11 processor.

-- Wireless charging has been rumoured.

-- The iPhone 8 will surely be water and dust proof, similar to the iPhone 7.

 

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