KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo has made a prediction that Apple will launch a low-cost iPhone with dual-sim capabilities later this year. According to Kuo, the new iPhone would have a 6.1-inch LCD display iPhone that could cost as little as $550. It would also have a dual sim variant that would go for $750.
Bloomberg has also reported about Apple’s plans for the new iPhones. The reports suggest that Apple might be working on a 6.5-inch phablet. Kuo has claimed that the bigger iPhones will replace the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models. These models have been present at the yearly Apple release since the design changed in 2014.
The introduction of the dual sim phone would be something completely new for Apple. Most of the Android phones, especially the lower end models have the dual sim feature. The dual sim phones might not be common in the western countries but they are hugely popular in Asia.
An unnamed US carrier representative told TechRadar that the carrier bundles are extremely profitable for the western customers and therefore manufacturers don’t include dual-sim functionality in their devices.
“The truth is, carriers make too much money off of international plans,” said one US carrier rep who spoke to TechRadar at MWC 2017.“Their profit evaporates as soon as a second SIM card is present. You’re not going to see it on the biggest phones.”
In countries like India and China, people tend to keep more than one sim cards for different purposes. Most people cannot afford two devices let alone two iPhones. It would be a great move by Apple to please its Asian customers. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the production of the new dual sim iPhone begins in India. Apple wants to expand its business in India. Introducing its first dual sim phone here would help Apple claim a larger section of the market.