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When traveling, the Apple SIM will let users buy a local short data plan from a participating carrier.
Apple snuck in a new piece of hardware in its just-unveiled iPads: the company’s own SIM card. The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 both include the Apple SIM, which is intended to offer more flexibility with carriers, and make it easier for users to stay connected while traveling.
The new Apple SIM lets users choose from any of the available short-term carrier options, apparently allowing them to jump from carrier to carrier at will. When you tap “Set Up Cellular Data” in the settings, a list of the available carriers appears.
“So whenever you need it, you can choose the plan that works best for you — with no long-term commitments,” Apple’s iPad product page reads.
Previously, buyers of cellular-enabled iPads needed to pick a carrier first, and then buy the compatible model.
Initially, the Apple SIM will only be available on 4G LTE iPads sold in the U.S. and the UK. The carriers supported are AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile in the U.S., and EE in the UK.
The odd carrier out in the U.S. is Verizon, which isn’t compatible with the Apple SIM. Verizon confirmed to Mashable, though, that Verizon-compatible iPads will be available, but buyers will need a separate SIM card for those.
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