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Apple iPad Pro 9.7 LTE to feature embedded Apple SIM

List of Apple SIM compatible devices includes the iPad Pro 9.7 LTE with embedded Apple SIM
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Although the internal embedded Apple SIM is carrier locked, some customers will be able to insert another SIM in an external slot, since two iPad Pro 9.7 LTE variants will hit the market.
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As you probably know, the new iPad Pro can be already pre-ordered, and general availability will begin on the last day of March. On the surface, the new 9.7-inch slate looks like nothing more but a smaller iteration of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but the reality is quite different. A new feature that has been ignored so far is the embedded Apple SIM, a feature not present in the larger iPad Pro.

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro features an Apple SIM but does not have an embedded one. Even more, Apple lists two 9.7-inch iPad Pro models on its iPad LTE compatibility page - one without an embedded SIM, and the other having this feature. According to 9t05Mac, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro without this feature "is probably a model specifically designed for the countries where official Apple SIM partners do not yet exist."

This still has to be confirmed by Apple, but TechCrunch also reveals an interesting piece of unconfirmed information. According to them, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro LTE with internal embedded Apple SIM can also use another SIM via the external slot. This way, they can choose any carrier compatible. 

Unfortunately, it is very likely that Apple will not deliver both models to most markets since not all carriers support Apple SIM. We will get back to this topic once the new iPad Pro hits the market, so stay tuned. 

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In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2016-03-28 (Update: 2016-03-28)