Apple's new iPad Pro has embedded Apple SIM supporting multiple carriers for data

T-Mobile and Sprint are the only carriers supporting the built-in SIM card.
Written by Jake Smith, Contributor

Apple's new iPad Pro announced on Monday features an embedded SIM card, allowing customers to switch mobile carriers for data both at home and while travelling abroad -- instead of being locked into one.

Recode, who received an early review unit of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, confirmed the embedded SIM card will be found in the cellular-equipped versions of the tablet -- except those sold in China.

T-Mobile and Sprint are supporting the built-in Apple SIM. AT&T will require a separate SIM card, and Verizon will disable the embedded Apple SIM and require a separate SIM card.

This is a bold new strategy. Apple has included an Apple SIM in its iPad Air in the past, but it was removable and could be locked down by carriers. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro will also have a traditional SIM card slot if Apple fails to support a carrier.

Google recently began experimenting with a similar service called Project Fi that simultaneously moves between Sprint and T-Mobile for better service.

The new 9.7-inch iPad Pro features accessories like a keyboard and pencil, along with speed and camera upgrades. Some are calling it the update the iPad needed. Some have called it flawed.

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