In all markets, buyers of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro will be able to use two eSIMs in a single iPhone, depending on carrier support.
The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro will be the first Apple handsets to allow dual eSIMs, according to the official iPhone 13 spec sheet.
Apple first introduced eSIM functionality in 2018 with the iPhone XS and iPhone XR. Users could use two SIM cards, one physical and the other digital.
The iPhone 13 lineup, on the other hand, now supports dual eSIM cards. As a result, users will no longer require a physical SIM card if they want to use two different numbers on the same iPhone — as long as their carrier allows it.
Apple also mentions that the iPhone 13 and 13 mini are incompatible with existing micro-SIM cards. As a result, users will need to use a nano-SIM card if they intend to use a physical SIM.
There are the usual caveats. Some carriers dislike eSIMs and may limit your ability to switch carriers. Others may not support eSIMs or may even disable them in network-sold versions. However, under the right conditions, it could be ideal for international travel, business lines, or prepaid service. You may never need to visit a carrier store or wait for a SIM card to arrive in the mail.
Here’s what you get when you upgrade to iPhone 13 from your old phone:
The iPhone 13 now includes:
Phone body: larger (unless you get an iPhone 13 mini), more durable screen, and better water resistance.
Display: Larger, higher resolution, OLED, brighter, HDR, True Tone display.
Chip: Three times the speed.
Buttons: Face ID instead of Touch ID, sensors in the TrueDepth “notch” on the display, and gestures in place of the home button. There is no longer any support for 3D Touch.
Battery life: Significantly improved.
Networking: 5G, Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi 6, Ultra Wideband
Camera: Wider aperture and improved sensors on the standard camera, new Ultra Wide camera for more expansive shots, sensor-shift optical image stabilization, Night Mode for low-light settings, Portrait Mode, Deep Fusion for enhanced details, Photographic Styles
Selfie camera with higher resolution (12 megapixels) and portait mode.
Video: Cinematic Mode, HDR video up to 4K 60fps.
Charging: Wireless Qi and MagSafe charging are supported.
The iPhone 13 Pro also includes:
Display: The ProMotion display has a refresh rate of up to 120Hz.
Camera: 3x optical zoom telephoto lens, ProRAW image capture and ProRes video capture, LiDAR scanner for night mode portraits, faster autofocus in low light, and augmented reality.
Apple’s new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 pro were released on September 24, 2021.
**Note: Dual eSIM does not apply for iPhone purchased from China and Hongkong