Which iPhones Have a Sim Tray in 2022 and Which Do Not?

In a rather unprecedented move, Apple has decided to remove the SIM tray from its latest lineup of iPhones. This has come as a surprise to many users despite the company being at the forefront of phasing out features like the headphone jack or a charger with your new iPhone purchase.

Having a SIM tray might be seen as an essential feature by some users, and if you’re in the same team then here are all the iPhones that currently feature a SIM tray in 2022. 

iPhones with a SIM tray in 2022

The following iPhone models feature a SIM tray. These iPhones are officially on sale in 2022.

Older devices will also have a SIM tray but you might have trouble finding them on the market unless you’re looking to purchase a new device. 

  • iPhone 14 Pro Max (outside US only)
  • iPhone 14 Pro (outside US only)
  • iPhone 14 Plus (outside US only)
  • iPhone 14 (outside US only)
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Plus
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Plus
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone SE 3rd Gen
  • iPhone SE 2nd Gen
  • iPhone SE 1st Gen
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 8

As mentioned above, discontinued iPhone models from iPhone 7 Plus and below also feature a SIM card tray but aren’t officially being sold by Apple.

If you wish to get your hands on these models, you will have to check your local stores and the used market. 

iPhones without a SIM tray

Apple’s new lineup of iPhone 14s does not feature a SIM tray and instead relies on its eSIM capabilities. Here are the models missing a SIM tray in 2022. 

NOTE: The list below applies to iPhone 14 models bought in the U.S.

That is, the iPhone 14 series devices released outside the US will still have a nano-SIM tray slot that can be used with a physical SIM. 

  • iPhone 14 Pro Max (US only)
  • iPhone 14 Pro (US only)
  • iPhone 14 Plus (US only)
  • iPhone 14 (US only)

FAQs

Here are a few commonly asked questions about the removal of SIM trays that should get you up to speed with the latest information. Let’s get started.

What is an eSIM?

eSIM is an electronic SIM card that is digitally installed on your iPhone. It does not require a physical SIM though its functionality is identical to one.

What are the advantages of an iPhone without a SIM tray?

An iPhone without a SIM tray will be highly water resistant and will allow you to switch between carriers and mobile plans with a simple tap of the button. This takes away the hassle of removing your SIM tray each time you wish to switch between carriers or mobile plans.

What are the drawbacks of not having a SIM tray?

Relying heavily on eSIMs will put you at the mercy of your carrier when it comes to switching carriers. It will also make it difficult for you to transition to a different device as transferring an eSIM will require contacting your carrier in many regions. In addition to this, a lack of a SIM tray means that you won’t be able to use cell service if you travel to regions where carriers do not offer eSIMs. 

How many eSIMs can you store in the iPhone 14?

According to reports, you can store up to 6 eSIMs in the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus. Additionally, you can store up to 8 eSIMs in the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. 

We hope this post helped you get familiar with iPhones that offer a SIM tray in 2022. If you have any more questions, feel free to drop them in the comments below.

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