On 3 November 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a new patent. According to the new patent, Apple is working on a new iPhone that will operate using a virtual Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Card. Apple has said that providing improved ways to provide users, the ability to purchase and use wireless network services without SIM Card would desirable.
The patent of Apple shows two embodiments of a hardware architecture for a “virtual” SIM Card. According to the sketches and figures submitted at Patents office, SIM accessory device can enable inter alia, transitional embodiments and support for legacy architectures.
Legacy embodiments may find patticular value when frequent SIM-card “swappers” adopt them. Carriers that are slow might resist the upgrading for their existing system.
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Source: Patently Apple