Apple has included a built–in SIM card in its new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, in a move that could dramatically change the lie of the land in the gadget game.
The new feature, which was not detailed during the company’s keynote unveiling of the devices, is set to change how users access deals from mobile networks.
Rather than having to swap out a SIM every time they want to change deals, users can simply pick a short term contract direct from the Cellular Data Account settings on either model.
The so–called ‘soft SIM’ will only work in the US and UK for now, but means that users can change plans when a rival carrier offers a better deal or if they want easy access to a local network when travelling.
In the States, AT&T, Spring and T-Mobile have all signed up, while here in the UK only EE is on board from the start.
However, this is more about showing Apple’s intentions. If this is a success, then expect to see Apple bake SIM cards into future iPhone models, as it looks to wrest control of its devices away from networks and make swapping deals easier than ever.