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How do you know what type of SIM card your iPhone or iPad has?

Since the first iPhone appeared on the market in 2007 until today, Apple smartphones have used different types of SIM cards. The same has happened with the iPad, the tablet with the logo of the bitten apple on its “back” has gone from using MicroSIM cards to NanoSim, but… How can we know exactly what type of card each iPhone or iPad uses?

We could say that simply removing the card tray from the computer would be enough. The reality is that only people who are used to switching between different SIM cards will know which one is in the device because of its size. For the rest of us, those of us who are not used to switching cards or terminals every few days, we have to resort to other methods to find out.

How do you know what type of SIM card your iPhone or iPad has?
How do you know what type of SIM card your iPhone or iPad has?

As there is no other simpler method, we have decided to produce this listed with the type of SIM card used by each of Apple’s mobile devices . The list is organized by the type of SIM and in each section you can see the iPhone and iPad that have that type of card. In addition, we indicate the years since Apple started using each type of card and the year it stopped using it to make way for a new model.

NanoSIM Card (2012 – Present)

Apple began using NanoSim cards on its iPhone and iPad in 2012 and is now the model incorporated in all new devices that see the light. It is the smallest card in existence, so it is likely that they will continue to use it over the next few years unless a new technology appears or they disappear completely in the face of another system integrated within the device itself, something that many manufacturers are calling for in order to make manufacturing easier and, for consumers, to facilitate the change of operator.

iPhone using NanoSIM cards

  • iPhone 6s Plus.
  • iPhone 6s.
  • iPhone 6 Plus.
  • iPhone 6.
  • iPhone 5s.
  • iPhone 5c.
  • iPhone 5.

iPad using NanoSIM cards

  • iPad Pro.
  • iPad Air 2.
  • iPad Air.
  • iPad mini 4.
  • iPad mini 3.
  • iPad mini 2.
  • iPad mini.

MicroSIM Card (2010 – 2012)

Apple no longer uses this type of card in the new devices it is launching on the market, but there are still many iPhone and iPad in operation that work with this card model.

iPhone using MicroSIM cards

iPad using MicroSIM cards

  • iPad 4.
  • iPad 3.
  • iPad 2.
  • iPad.

SIM card (2007 – 2010)

When Apple launched its first smartphone, the SIM card was the industry standard, so it was adopted to avoid compatibility problems with phone operators. After proving that its smartphone was a success, the firm began to push for changes in card technologies and push for others with smaller dimensions. You could say that, thanks to Apple (or because of Apple…), today’s cards are much smaller and with that, phones can be thinner and lighter.

iPhone using SIM cards

  • iPhone 3GS.
  • iPhone 3.
  • iPhone.

We hope you found this information useful and that you will now have no problem knowing what type of SIM card your iPhone or iPad uses .

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