As of October 1, an Apple SIM is no longer available to activate new cellular data plans on supported iPad models, according to Apple Support Document.

Apple SIM
Introduced in 2014, the Apple SIM was designed to allow iPad users to activate cellular data plans from several carriers around the world. Initially, the Apple SIM was a physical nano-SIM card, but it was included in the newer iPad Pro models. Apple SIM was similar to modern eSIM technology, but with limited carrier support.

A physical Apple SIM is included with the following cellular iPad models:

  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch first generation
  • iPad 5
  • iPad 6

The Apple SIM is included with the following cellular iPad models:

  • 9.7 inch iPad Pro
  • 10.5 inch iPad Pro
  • iPad Pro 2nd generation 12.9-inch

All of the above iPad models still have a physical SIM card tray. The Apple Support document advises customers to contact their carrier for details on how to activate a cellular data plan on these iPad models going forward.

All iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad models released since October 2018 support the standard eSIM technology without the need for an Apple SIM.

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