Apple is known for shaking the snowglobe when it comes to phone innovation, but a rumoured update could end up taking things too far for even the most diehard iPhone fans.
SIM cards could be destined for landfill as the American tech giant is reportedly planning to ditch its chips.
According to industry insiders MacRumors, Apple is advising mobile networks in the US to get ready for eSIM-only smartphones by September 2022.
The site claims to have seen leaked documents which outline a timeframe for moving US iPhone users to an eSIM, which is digital-only and can't be bought prepaid from a local shop.
US mobile networks will begin offering iPhone 13 models without a nano-SIM card in the box, just like with iPhones sold directly by Apple. Fans are now speculating that the iPhone 14 will have no physical SIM card slot, given that new iPhones are normally released in September.
It is not clear whether the change will be global, as not all countries accept an eSIM (only Three plans to support them in the UK in 2022).
However, Apple typically roll out new changes to the US first before taking them abroad. That means if you buy an iPhone 14 without doing your research, you could risk losing your contacts if you don't back them up.
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How to back up your iPhone contacts from SIM card
If you're worried about losing your contacts from your iPhone SIM card, there are some steps you can take to import and back up contacts stored there.
With your SIM card inserted, tap the 'Settings' app on your iPhone home screen. Then, hit Contacts > Import SIM contacts.
When prompted, choose where to import the contacts to, then wait patiently as the phone transfers them over.
Once the process is completed, open your Contacts app via the home screen and check that all of them have been backed up.
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