The late Apple CEO Steve Jobs had a vision from the very beginning for the iPhone that it would be a seamless device with no need for a SIM card slot.
According to AppleInsiderTony Fadell – one of the most influential members of the design team iPod and the original iPhone, and is known as the “father of the iPod” – revealed more details about the development of the original iPhone in an interview with the Computer History Museum. The interview was conducted as part of the promotion of a new book by Mr. Fadell called Build.
Original iPhone released in 2007 will not have a SIM card slot if using CDMA network
In the interview, Mr. Fadell revealed that Jobs wanted the iPhone to have a seamless design and even wanted to remove the SIM card slot from a model they developed.
Not stopping there, Mr. Jobs also talked about technology CDMA cellular phones inherently allow phones to connect to cell towers without needing to communicate with a SIM card. The Apple CEO at the time believed that this would help create an iPhone with a design without a SIM tray.
Former engineer of Apple recounts that he had to use existing market data to prove to the late Apple co-founder that CDMA-based design would lead to low iPhone adoption rates. The results showed that the CDMA standard was still not as popular as the competing GSM standard, so Mr. Jobs chose to use GSM on the iPhone when it launched in 2007.
Now, Jobs’ goal of creating a SIM-free iPhone seems to be about to come true as rumors say iPhone 15″ launching next year could become the first iPhone model without any physical SIM card slot.
Besides the above issue, Mr. Fadell also recently talked about Steve Jobs’ controversial decision to develop iPod and iPhone. As revealed, the former Apple CEO initially refused to offer iTunes for PC.