Apple SIM for iPad can no longer be used to activate cellular plans

If you have an iPad with Apple SIM or embedded Apple SIM, as of October 1, 2022, Apple SIM technology will no longer be available for activating new cellular data plans on iPad.

Apple SIM for iPad can no longer be used to activate cellular plans
Apple SIM for iPad can no longer be used to activate cellular plans

Contact your carrier for details on how to activate a cellular data plan on iPad.

If you’re not sure if your iPad uses Apple SIM, find your iPad model and click the link for its tech specs.

The following devices have embedded Apple SIM (except China).

• iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation) (WiFi + Cellular)
• iPad Pro 10.5-inch (WiFi + Cellular)
• iPad Pro 9.7-inch (WiFi + Cellular)

The following devices support physical Apple SIM cards.

• iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation) (WiFi + Cellular)
• iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd-generation) (WiFi + Cellular)
• iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation) (WiFi + Cellular)
• iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation) (WiFi + Cellular)
• iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation) (WiFi + Cellular)
• iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation) (WiFi + Cellular)
• iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation) (WiFi + Cellular)
• iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation) (WiFi + Cellular)
• iPad Pro 10.5-inch (WiFi + Cellular)
• iPad Pro 9.7-inch (WiFi + Cellular)
• iPad (9th generation) (WiFi + Cellular)
• iPad (7th generation) (WiFi + Cellular)
• iPad (7th generation) (WiFi + Cellular)
• iPad (6th generation) (WiFi + Cellular)
• iPad (5th generation) (WiFi + Cellular)
• iPad Air (5th generation) (WiFi + Cellular)
• iPad Air (4th generation) (WiFi + Cellular)
• iPad Air (3rd generation) (WiFi + Cellular)
• iPad Air 2 (WiFi + Cellular)
• iPad mini (6th generation) (WiFi + Cellular)
• iPad mini (5th generation) (WiFi + Cellular)
• iPad mini 4 (WiFi + Cellular)
• iPad mini 3 (WiFi + Cellular)

Not all carriers support Apple SIM and eSIM. See your carrier for details.

MacDailyNews Take: More info about how to set up cellular data service on your Wi-Fi + Cellular model iPad via Apple Support here.

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1 Comment

  1. This is a bit confusing. When they say no longer capable of activating “new” cellular plans, what exactly does that mean? For example, I’ve got my iPad Pro 12.9” that’s current now, and it’s on a cell plan from Verizon. Will I not be able to activate the new one I plan to get later this year with the sim from this one? That’s a current plan, not a new one.

    But if you don’t have an iPad, and get a new one, you don’t have an iPad sim to activate from an older device anyway. Or are they simply saying that the sim that will come with your new device can’t be used to activate the new plan you must get, and that you’ll have to get something from your provider?

    None of this has been explained, and while I’m sure some wags will come on to explain it, they won’t know either, unless they’ve seen something from Apple that does, and so far, I haven’t found anything from Apple that does – yet. If I do, I’ll come back and say so.

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