Embedded SIM on the iPad Pro models explained here…
Techcrunch posted a great article on Embedded SIM on the iPad pro which is a great read on the subject.
One solution if the embedded Apple SIM is locked is to purchase another Apple SIM card at an Apple retail location or get a GigSky Data SIM for the nano sim card tray.
- The embedded SIM is deactivated on the Verizon version of iPad Pro. When traveling with a Verizon iPad Pro, you would need to swap out the physical SIM card for that of a global or local carrier.
- If you buy the iPad Pro from AT&T stores, the embedded Apple SIM is used and is then locked for both domestic and international use. However, you can buy an iPad Pro from other channels and select AT&T from the embedded SIM and it will be unlocked for both domestic and international use. So, buy from an AT&T store and the SIM is locked and you’ll have to roam on AT&T’s plans internationally. If you buy from another source and manually choose AT&T, it’s not locked and you can switch carriers.
- No other carriers are locked. You’re safe with T-Mobile. However, there is a block in Japan for units purchased via each of the individual Japanese carrier stores (only from other Japanese carriers) and not internationally.
- If you want to use, say AT&T and GigSky, you can use the embedded SIM, then put in a GigSky Data SIM and that will override the internal. You don’t need to take the SIM out, both data providers become selectable options under cellular settings.
There is one very bright spot for anyone who wants to switch carriers later. All iPad Pro 9.7″ devices have a SIM slot right on the exterior and you can put the GigSky Data SIM in that slot even if the iPad Pro’s embedded Apple SIM itself has been locked to AT&T. In other words, the internal SIM may be locked, but you can “switch” carriers by using another physical SIM that you buy — the device itself is never locked.
Dodged a bullet there. The reason I felt it was good to get some specifics here is that I highly doubt this will be the last device Apple ships with an embedded Apple SIM. Hopefully Apple can negotiate with carriers to eliminate the ‘locking’ requirement altogether — but don’t hold your breath for that particular utopia.