Everything You Need to Know About iPad

iPad Models and SIM types

Don’t worry about which model iPad you have. All iPads released after October 2018, have an eSIM, but you can also get GigSky service via Apple SIM, which is a physical plastic SIM card, or Apple Embedded SIM. Whichever model you have, getting the right iPad data plan will save time and money. And as a bonus, until November, 2019 you can use promo code GSDATA to save $5.00 (USD) on a GigSky data plan for iPad.

What’s the difference between Apple SIM Embedded and eSIM?

Prior to adopting the universal eSIM standard, Apple used its own embedded SIM. Today, the Apple embedded SIM is only used on three iPad versions (see below), and is being phased out in favor of eSIM standard for all future iPads.

Details on activation process to follow First, Here’s a rundown on iPad models and which SIM they use:

  • iPads with Apple SIM Included (physical SIM card)

  • iPad mini 3 and 4

  • iPad (5th and 6th gen)

  • iPad Air 2

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (1st gen)

  • iPad with Apple SIM Embedded

  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro

  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd gen)