Big Things Come in Small Packages
Apple launched two new devices and showed that small is back in vogue. The iPhone SE has the same form factor as the iPhone 5, but with all of the iPhone 6S’ internals. This should be a nice boost for people who like the smaller form factor and more affordable phones. The higher end 64GB model sells for just $499 and is clearly targeted at the Asia market as China was specifically referenced in Apple’s presentation.
Embedded SIM + External SIM SLOT = More Options, More Convenience
The bigger (so to speak) news was the new iPad Pro coming in at the original iPad size of 9.7 inches. While the device’s physical characteristics (12MP camera, 25% brighter) were highlighted in the launch announcement, it’s what is under the hood that is exciting for us at GigSky. As Apple’s first international Apple SIM partner, we’ve been eagerly awaiting the day when the external SIM card goes the way of the external antenna (for those of you old enough to remember cell phones with antennas). Apple announced that its new iPad Pro will have an eSIM embedded in the device along with the standard SIM card slot. The standard SIM slot will be able to handle your domestic operator’s SIM while the eSIM will be running the show when you use GigSky abroad.
Apple is – once-again – dragging the industry forward and luckily GigSky is along for the ride since we’ve been on the forefront of eSIM technology. The GigSky service is fully compatible with the new iPad Pro and continues to be integrated in the iOS settings menu. The great thing about the new iPad Pro is that the eSIM will come with all cellular-enabled models so you don’t have to buy a separate SIM. Buying data service has never been easier and it’s a testament to Apple’s customer-first mentality that they’ve nearly eliminated the purchase friction. Happy customers are repeat customers. The new iPad launches on March 31st with pre-orders starting later this week. The new model looks great and we’re excited to continue our journey as an Apple partner.
Side note – Tim Cook kicked off Monday’s announcement with a strong defense of privacy in relation to the FBI’s push to have Apple crack the encryption on the iPhone. Tim said that Apple has made a commitment to protect the privacy of its users and Apple will stand by that commitment and resist efforts to make its devices less secure. GigSky stands with Apple in this battle against government surveillance overreach and applauds Apple’s efforts to protect its users and secure their information.