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(Pocket-lint) - UPDATE: Apple has announced the iPhone XS and XS Max with dual-SIM support. Check out What is an eSIM and what does it mean for your new iPhone XS or XS Max?

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It looks like Apple is working on dual-SIM support for future iPhones.

The evidence was uncovered by 9to5Mac within the iOS 12 beta 5 code - there are references to "second SIM status", "dual SIM device" and "second SIM tray status". 

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That last one is interesting because it could hint that it definitely means there would be two physical SIM slots rather than one physical card and an e-SIM.

Because of space-saving, it's likely that Apple would favour e-SIM technology if it had a choice as it does with the Apple Watch Series 3. 

Dual-SIMs are still pretty popular in many countries - although not in the USA and Europe - and it would certainly give a cheaper Apple handset some added appeal. It's also of use for travellers who regularly go between two countries.

If dual-SIM slots do appear in an iPhone it's likely to be a cheaper model. And it's rumoured that there will be three iPhones this year including a cheaper Face ID model.

However, it may be that dual-SIMs will instead appear in the much-talked about iPhone SE replacement which surely must be coming. 

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Writing by Dan Grabham.