In the United States, iPhone 14 is only available on eSIM. Here's all you need to know about it

In the United States, iPhone 14 is only available on eSIM. Here's all you need to know about it ...

The new iPhone 14 will not ship with a physical SIM card slot in the United States. Rather, Apple is pivoting entirely to eSIM technology. While some iPhone users may have already made the transition to eSIM, many have not. Below are some basic information about Apple''s eSIM support before the first iPhone 14 orders on September 16.

What does eSIM mean for iPhone 14?

The iPhone XS was the first model to include the technology and each new iPhone has also supported eSIM. Besides, each of those iPhone models also featured a nano SIM card slot. So if you didn''t want to use an eSIM, you didn''t have to.

eSIMs, sometimes referred to as embedded SIMs, are still SIM cards, but they are electronically programmable. This means there is no physical SIM card that must be inserted into your iPhone or activated. Instead, you log in with your carrier information and the carrier will remotely provision your iPhone so it may be connected to their network.

Only the iPhone 14 models sold in the United States will be eSIM-only, although some models will be limited to a nano-SIM card slot.

The Verge claims that the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus can store up to six eSIMs, and two of them can be activated at once. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max can store up to eight copies.

Option 1: Set up your iPhone 14 with an eSIM Quick Transfer

During the iPhone 14 setup process, Apple explains that youll be able to convert your physical SIM to an eSIM. This can be done even if you have never used an eSIM before.

During the setup process, you will be required to transfer your SIM from your old iPhone to your new iPhone. This is also the process youll use if you are upgrading an existing eSIM from your old iPhone to your new iPhone 14.

Option 2: Use a QR code from your carrier

Some carriers have no recourse to the eSIM Quick Transfer, which means that you will need to scan a QR code from your carrier to activate the eSIM inside your iPhone 14. When you reach the Cellular screen in the iPhone 14 setup process, there will be a possibility to use a QR code.

This will guide you through the scanning of the QR code provided by your carrier to activate your iPhone 14s eSIM. The process of getting that QR code will vary from carrier to carrier.

With your current iPhone, convert a physical SIM to an eSIM.

If you want to get started on the transition to eSIM, you can convert the physical SIM inside your current iPhone to an eSIM. From there, you''ll be able to transfer that eSIM to your new iPhone 14 when it arrives.

Apple was planning to broaden its focus on eSIM technology prior to the iPhone 14, but the announcement was still a surprise to many people. Keep in mind: Steve Jobs never wanted the iPhone to have a SIM card tray.

The iPhone 14 eSIM transition should result in a physical SIM experience that may be similar to that of the iPhone 7. It will not be nearly as dramatic as a lifestyle change as the removal of the headphone jack was. However, the question is how seamless the transition process is to get to that point. While Apple has described the transition process, there are a number of factors in play.

My main concern is that on the iPhone 14 launch day, might the carriers become overburdened, and have the option of activation issues? Presumably, transferring millions of people to eSIM is less costly than users simply swapping their SIM card from their previous iPhone to their next iPhone.

Remember the days when we had to connect our iPhones to iTunes? Apples servers might prove unreliable during this process, but AT&Ts activation process was notoriously wacky. Could eSIM setups and provisioning cause similar problems?

Another issue of mine is that this might potentially provide carriers more time to implement user-hostile limitations and make it difficult to switch to a competing network. Additionally, carriers may charge additional activation fees. This is a matter to keep an eye on.

Even if there are some speedbumps in the transition to eSIM, the outcome will be much easier for (most) users. For example, it should make the switching process much easier. It also means there is one less physical port on your iPhone. However, you won''t have to worry about losing or damaging your SIM card when you make a new iPhone.

The fact that the iPhone 14 can store multiple eSIMs should help travelers navigate internationally. However, the key will be to only use a carrier that only supports these kinds of eSIMs, which might result in difficulties for travelers travelling internationally.

Long-term, im curious to see what removing the SIM card tray means for iPhone design and durability. Just a year later, the removal of the headphone jack and the iPhone 7 helped pave the way for improved water resistance and the iPhone Xs all-new design.

What do you think of the iPhone 14 as it only supports eSIMs in the United States? Is Apple making this transition too early? Let us know down in the comments.