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M1 now supports eSIM on the new iPhones with iOS 12.1.1

By Ng Chong Seng - on 6 Dec 2018, 7:07am

M1 now supports eSIM on the new iPhones with iOS 12.1.1

Apple has just released iOS 12.1.1, which comes with new features such as a redesigned FaceTime with Live Photos and notification preview with haptic touch on the iPhone XR.

The update is also enabling eSIM functionality for more carriers around the world, and in Singapore, it looks like the only carrier that supports eSIM on the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max is M1. It also works on the new 11-inch iPad Pro and 3rd-gen 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

For those new to eSIM, this is basically a digital SIM that gives you cellular connectivity without the need for a physical SIM card. While the 2018 iPhones sold here only accept one nano-SIM card, they’re essentially dual-SIM phones because they also support eSIM. The point of dual-SIM is so that you can use two different phone numbers or separate voice and data plans on one device.

Activating eSIM on the new iPhones is usually done by signing up to the eSIM line through the carrier’s app first and then scanning the QR code provided under Settings > Mobile Data > Add Data Plan. For what it's worth, M1’s My M1 app was just updated a couple of days ago to add support for “installation of eSIM profile via QR”.

Finally, for those wondering, it looks like M1 still doesn't support cellular connectivity on the Apple Watch.

Update: Here's M1's instructions on how to set up eSIM.