Not mentioned in Apple’s launch announcement was that the new iPad Pro will come with an Apple SIM embedded in the device, while also having a nano-SIM slot.
Currently, the Apple SIM embedded in the iPad Pro supports some networks in the US and UK – with roaming to over 90 countries through GigSky.
GigSky’s rates in South Africa for Apple SIM do not compare favourably to the prepaid data bundles you can buy from local mobile network operators.
Access to LTE services is available through AlwaysOnline Wireless, though residents of South Africa are not able to sign up for an AlwaysOnline plan in South Africa.
As with GigSky’s tariffs, it is cheaper to buy prepaid data bundles through one of our local mobile operators.
Apple did not respond to requests for comment on the embedded Apple SIM in the iPad Pro, but it is understood that mobile operators in South Africa will only support the technology once the e-SIM standard is finalised.
MTN said it has no plans to offer the iPad Pro on its network at this stage.
“However, MTN continuously reviews its product portfolio to ensure that its range is in line with customer requirements,” said Larry Annetts, chief consumer officer at MTN SA.