Yesterday, Apple held a new product launch conference and officially released the iPhone 14 series. This series of mobile phones has four models including iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Official reservation for this series will commence today. The iPhone 14 series comes with many new technologies, such as satellite communications (US version only). However, there are some basic features that it misses. At the launch of the new product, Kaiann Drance, Apple’s vice president of marketing, said that the US version of the iPhone 14 series no longer has a SIM card slot. This means that users can only use the eSIM in the U.S. However, the iPhone 14 series in China and perharps globally still come with the SIM card slot.
Furthermore, wccftech reports that the iPhone 14 series misses another major technical update. The report says that the iPhone 14 series does not support the WiFi 6E standard. This means that the iPhone 14 series will have poor network connection quality when there are many devices connected to the same network. In addition, the Internet speed of the iPhone 14 series will also be slower.
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What is an eSIM
eSIM is an embedded SIM card, and the full English name is Embedded-SIM. eSIM turns a pluggable physical SIM card into a virtual SIM card that is embedded directly on the device chip. It provides identification for each terminal device and enabling it to access the operator’s network. The eSIM can further save space inside the phone, making room for other components such as the processor and battery. However, it is more troublesome to change the mobile phone number of the eSIM. You will need to go to the business hall or use another mobile phone to scan the code to replace it.
With the launch of the iPhone XR and XS in 2018, Apple began to introduce eSIM into the iPhone. On iOS 16, Apple added support for eSIM transmission between iPhones via Bluetooth. iPhones in mainland China do not currently support eSIM. In Hong Kong and Macau, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone SE (2nd and 3rd generation), and iPhone XS support eSIM.
WiFi 6E standard
Compared with ordinary Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 6E network has adds 6GHz frequency support. This can provide more 160MHz bandwidth channels, thereby reducing interference and improving device network speed. In addition, Wi-Fi 6E enables faster and more secure networking of devices and supports the WPA3 encryption protocol. Currently, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, Samsung Galaxy S22+/S22 Ultra, Google Pixel 6 Pro, Motorola X30 / S30 and other models all support the WiFi 6E standard.