Former iPod vice president says Steve Jobs designed the original iPhone without a SIM card slot

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According to former iPod VP Tony Fadell, Apple could soon produce an iPhone without a physical SIM card slot, and if that’s accurate, Apple would be accomplishing Steve Jobs’ aim for the original iPhone if that is the case.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs wanted the iPhone to have no SIM card slot, Fadell stated in an interview with journalist Joanna Stern at a special event at the Computer History Museum to promote his new book, Build: An Unorthodox Guide To Making Things Worth Making, at the event.

Jobs seems to be more interested in using CDMA to connect iPhones to cell towers as opposed to relying on GSM cellular technology. As an example, Jobs referenced Verizon’s early use of the technology, which enables supported phones to link directly to the carrier’s network.

CDMA penetration was so low, Fadell claimed, that the former Apple CEO would not consider it as a viable choice for the iPhone without showing him market data.

Although Apple did produce a SIM-less iPhone, it wasn’t until January 2011, midway through the typical iPhone release cycle, when it debuted a CDMA version of the iPhone 4 for Verizon’s network. Despite the inclusion of a SIM card slot on the CDMA-enabled iPhone 4S, Verizon was unable to use the slot.

Also read: Larger display is expected to be featured on the iPhone 14 series

Blog do iPhone, a Brazilian website, reported late last year that the iPhone 15 Pro might not have a physical SIM card slot in at least some nations and regions.

After the report surfaced, MacRumors acquired a supposedly authentic document from an anonymous source that indicated that Apple has told major U.S. carriers to prepare for the launch of eSIM-only devices as soon as September 2022.

Apple may remove the physical SIM card slot from certain iPhone 14 devices rather than some iPhone 15 models as previously rumoured given the purported September 2022 deadline, but nothing is definitive at this moment.

Because eSIM technology isn’t accessible in every country, some regions’ iPhones will need to keep supporting nano-SIM cards in the future. It’s possible that SIM-free iPhones are optional in areas where they’re offered, allowing customers to stick with a standard iPhone. Apple’s website provides a list of the more than 60 countries that currently accept eSIM.

If Apple’s previous launch schedules are to be followed, the iPhone 14 models will be unveiled in September 2022 during an event.

Also read: Rumours say Apple is set to launch USB-C on the iPhone 15 in 2023

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