Whilst Apple has reportedly cancelled plans to introduce an integrated SIM card to the next rendition of the iPhone, a new Apple iPad 3G is believed to be preparing for launch with an integrated SIM ahead of the Christmas period.
A reliable source close to a major UK network has this morning reported to T3 that the next edition of the market leading Apple tablet will be made available pre-Christmas with an inbuilt SIM, eliminating the hefty contract fees currently enforced on 3G iPad owners.
Currently supporting a micro SIM, the iPad 3G is at present not subsidized by mobile carriers allowing for an easier transition into a SIM integrated model. According to the Sunday Telegraph, plans for an integrated SIM touting iPhone were scrapped due to potential riffs with mobile network providers.
One “senior source at a mobile operator” is reported to have said: “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.”
Whilst we don’t expect the new pre-December 25th iPad to host the bevy of tech delights hotly tipped for the iPad 2 such as front and rear facing cameras, FaceTime video calling, dual-dock connectors and on a hopeful front, Flash integration, its arrival could coincide nicely with the launch of the upcoming iOS upgrade, the multitasking enabling iOS 4.2.