Yup, you heard it right. If there’s one feature which I would personally love to see on the iPhone is the dual-SIM functionality. I’m myself a big fan of the dual-SIM feature as it contributes greatly to keeping my personal and professional stuff apart. Most of the major smartphone makers including Samsung and HTC have already integrated this feature into their flagship devices and it seems only fair that even Apple jumps into the boat.
According to a report published in Forbes, Apple has filed two patents in US and China which hints towards an upcoming dual-SIM iPhone. A document was filed with China’s State Intellectual Property Office by Li Su, Principal Architect for cellular software at Apple earlier this year in March. The report was published in September and the document clearly talks about the dual-SIM functionality in iPhones so as to allow users to connect to two different wireless networks from the same device.
Further, a similar patent was also filed in the US for the dual-SIM functionality and it has been successfully granted to Apple. The Patent filing describes the functionality as the capability of using two SIM cards on one device so as to facilitate business and personal use. However, there hasn’t come any official word from Apple yet and this could be just one of those patents which just remained unused.
Whether the next iPhone will come with a dual SIM slot or not remains to be seen and seems a bit improbable because, in most markets, Apple sells the iPhones in collaboration with some wireless network and offering a dual-SIM on the device will defeat that purpose. However, Apple might launch the dual-SIM iPhone in some select markets like China and India where this feature is in quite a vogue. This is it for now, till then, stay tuned.