Apple readying new iPad for Christmas with integrated SIM card

Apple is reportedly working on a new version of its popular iPad device that will include an integrated SIM card.

Apple is understood to be moving ahead with an integrated SIM card for its iPad device in the coming weeks. The Telegraph claims that Apple is planning to bring out integrated-SIM versions of the iPad in the holiday season or soon after. Apple is able to do so as no mobile operators subsidise the iPad devices for sales. Apple has also reportedly backed down from a proposed plan that would see it create its own iPhone SIM cards.

Apple had planned to avoid mobile operators at point of sale in order to create a direct sales route to consumers. The Sunday Telegraph revealed the plans at the weekend. Apple had been working on an iPhone with an integrated SIM card so that customers could purchase an iPhone direct from Apple without signing up for a contract. A senior source at a mobile operator told the Telegraph:

"Apple has long been trying to build closer and closer relationships and cut out the operators. But this time they have been sent back to the drawing board with their tails between their legs."

Apple's iPad currently supports a micro SIM which allows consumers to purchase a 3G data plan. iPad owners can purchase a data plan at the original time of sale or anytime afterwards. Apple is also expected to issue a software update for iPad owners in weeks leading up to Christmas. The company recently issued an 4.2.1 iOS update to developers which brings multi-tasking, iOS 4 features and printing to iPad devices. It is rumoured that Apple may issue the update as early as this week.

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BIG DEAL.....Does it support flash yet ? IF NOT ITS POINTLESS TO ME AS nearly every site I use has flash...it might as well be a big brown brick.

Doubt it, and even if it is true. It will flop, intergrated sim cards will not go well. Just because Apple say they will, does not make it a fact. Ugh, Steve jobs needs to learn sometimes.

I don't think this is gonna happen. I read a contradictory report on somewhere today that apple have backtracked on built in sim plans for next iphone. And when current gen ipad is selling like hot cakes, why release a new product and fragment your own market ?

sanke1 said,
I don't think this is gonna happen. I read a contradictory report on somewhere today that apple have backtracked on built in sim plans for next iphone. And when current gen ipad is selling like hot cakes, why release a new product and fragment your own market ?
Why would this fragment the market?

sanke1 said,
I don't think this is gonna happen. I read a contradictory report on somewhere today that apple have backtracked on built in sim plans for next iphone. And when current gen ipad is selling like hot cakes, why release a new product and fragment your own market ?
Fragmentation would considered an issue if the customer/developer actually faces any compatibility issues moving from one iPad to the other. There is no compatibility issue here because the customer/developer still gets only ONE interface and that's the standard iOS. Hence, fragmentation of the product is irrelevant in this case.

If they integrate a programmable SIM card, that just shows Apple pushing the integrated stuff even further then before... some of us like parts to be interchangable..... SIM's are one of them, along with batteries....

With an inbuilt sim card, would this mean that it would be programmed wirelessly with some specialized kit, not through the OS, sort of like passed through a scanner to push the sim info onto the card.
This would really then bypass one main reason of the jail-breaking community as you would no longer be able to replace/change the sim card information without this specialized piece of kit.

Could this be the way forward for sim card free devices?????

It is very very unlikely this will come out for Christmas, we are looking at it been unveiled in January at the very earliest. Apples line-up for this Christmas is complete, they won't be changing it, mark my words.

J400uk said,
It is very very unlikely this will come out for Christmas, we are looking at it been unveiled in January at the very earliest. Apples line-up for this Christmas is complete, they won't be changing it, mark my words.

Agreed

I doubt they'll launch a new iPad for Christmas. The old one will already sell pretty well with iOS 4.2.1 There's no reason for a new iPad so close to holiday season. I mean... ordinary people don't know there'll be an iPad 2.

For Christmas? I doubt Apple would change their product line at all before Christmas now, what they have on the market is what they will have on the market until jan.

njlouch said,
I don't understand... Surely a built-in SIM represents a connection - but to whom?

Yeah I'm confused as well. Is the sim card actually built into the device, meaning that if you bought one, it would be tied to a single operator, even if Jailbroken?

Majesticmerc said,

Yeah I'm confused as well. Is the sim card actually built into the device, meaning that if you bought one, it would be tied to a single operator, even if Jailbroken?

It could be just like the amazon kindle in that case

FusionOpz said,
It could be just like the amazon kindle in that case

but for the kindle at least in the USA the usage of cellular communication is free, and their deals are with a specific operator, so they can't let you just hop around by their deals....

I think the plan is to create an integrated sim built in to the device and via the App you can select which carrier and which price plan you want.

Basically means you can buy the iPad and never have to deal with the mobile provider, you deal with apple directly and only apple(if you want).