When Apple first hit the market with the iPhone 4 everyone had to scramble to get themselves a MicroSIM. The iPhone 5 took it a step further with an even smaller NanoSIM. So, with your iPad, iPhone or iPad mini, which SIM size is for you? EFTM has you covered.
We’ve explained before that cutting your SIM down to fit your new NanoSIM device is certainly possible, even if it is only to be done at your own risk. Perhaps more people will be doing that when the iPad mini launches later in November (the first range of iPad Mini’s will be Wi-Fi only).
The iPad mini is a NanoSIM device. So if you’re moving from the 1st, 2nd or 3rd generation iPad to the iPad mini you will need a new SIM card (or to cut down your existing one).
Apple’s other big shock announcement last week in San Jose was the new iPad 4th Generation. Supporting LTE globally (4G for Australia!) the 4th-gen also had an improved processor and the lightning dock connector. Interestingly, Apple did not update the iPad with a NanoSIM.
So here’s how it works for the full range:
|iPhone 6 Plus||NanoSIM|
|iPhone 6s Plus||NanoSIM|
|iPhone 7 Plus||NanoSIM|
|iPhone 8 Plus||NanoSIM|
|iPad 4th Gen||MicroSIM|
|iPad Air 2||NanoSIM|
|iPad mini with Retina||NanoSIM|
|iPad Pro 12.9inch (Gen 1)||NanoSIM|
|iPad Pro 9.7inch||Apple eSIM (+NanoSIM Outside US&UK)|
|iPad Pro 10.5inch||Apple eSIM (+NanoSIM Outside US&UK)|
|iPad Pro 12.9inch (Gen 2)||Apple eSIM (+NanoSIM Outside US&UK)|
|Apple Watch Series 3||Apple eSIM|
Updated (November ’13): iPhone 5s & 5c added to the list, along with iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina
Updated (September ’14): iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus added to the list
Updated (September ’15): iPhone 6s & iPhone 6s Plus added to the list
Updated (March ’16): iPad Pro & iPhone SE Plus added to the list
Updated (September ’17): iPad Pro 10.5 inch & iPhone 8’s and X added to the list
Trev is a Technology Commentator, Dad, Speaker and Rev Head.
He produces and hosts two popular podcasts, EFTM and Two Blokes Talking Tech. He also appears on over 50 radio stations across Australia weekly, and is the resident Tech Expert on Channel 9’s Today Show each day and appears regularly on A Current Affair.
Father of three, he is often found down in his Man Cave.