iPhone 8 Release Date, News & Update: USPTO Grants Dual-Sim Tech Patent To Apple; iPhone 7 Successor To Have Two Sim Slots?

By Christopher John Alerta , Updated Dec 15, 2016 06:45 AM EST
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The Chinese smartphone market is not only huge in its entirety but the East Asian nation is also infamous for its notoriety of being quite difficult to be infiltrated. The likes of Huawei Technologies and Xiaomi Inc. have already proven themselves rather successfully in their mainland locale but the other tech behemoths, Samsung Electronics and notably Apple Inc., have yet to permeate the backbreaking challenge. This path may now be changed with the Cupertino-based firm's forthcoming iPhone 8.

Phone Arena has revealed that the database of the United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted a dual-SIM technology patent to Apple. Accordingly, the newly relinquished patent will be including two separate antennas for the technology. This grant is a confirmation to the previous speculation that Apple is on all fours in trying to dominate the Chinese market with a dual-sim version of its iconic device, no less. And as iPhone 8 is upcoming, it's a no-brainer that the firm may definitely go with this variant for this specific market.

Meanwhile, the said patent has delineated the details about the technology that is to be used in the dual-sim mechanism along with the manner to determine the priority between them. As such, the sim card that is actively used for a call will be given the priority over the one that is utilizing the data at the same time. On the other hand, some specifications have also been called out in the description like the LTE network support for both card. With a flagship like iPhone 8, this feature is to be highly expected.

Now, as the granting proves to be a game-changing milestone for Apple, who has always had reservations about having two sims in its entries, this development shouldn't be taken as heavily as it should be in terms of ascertaining this feature in the forthcoming iPhone 8. This is, to take it bluntly, a mere patent and it is still not confirmed whether the patent will be armed on the next flagship smartphone device. Nevertheless, it is now a route confirmed for the tech giant as it further explores its massive market globally.

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