Apple has officially introduced the latest operating system iOS 16 at WWDC 2022. Among its new features that have not been highlighted by Apple is the ability to send an eSIM from one iPhone to another via Bluetooth. It is our colleagues from MacRumors who detail this new feature unearthed by Carson Waldrop on Twitter.
Use of the eSIM facilitated by iOS 16
To do this, in the Settings app on an iPhone running iOS 16, select “Set up eSIM,” then the option to transfer the eSIM and phone number associated with another iPhone over a Bluetooth connection. To transfer an eSIM from another iPhone, Apple says to make sure the other iPhone is nearby, unlocked, Bluetooth enabled, and running iOS 16 or later.
@MacRumors it looks like in iOS 16, you can transfer eSim Cards from one iPhone to another using Bluetooth. This previously wasn’t the case and you had to just get a new esim card from the carrier in question. pic.twitter.com/emWz6F7ObP
— Carson (@carsonwaldrop) June 8, 2022
The feature is currently available in many countries, including the US and UK, but Please note, according to MacRumors, it will be necessary for the operator to support eSIM transfer via Bluetooth for the functionality to be accessible.
Since iOS 16 was only announced a few days ago and is currently in beta, there may not be many carriers supporting this new feature yet. Apple will continue to offer the option to set up a traditional eSIM by scanning a QR code provided by the carrier.
The first beta of iOS 16 was delivered to developers earlier this week, and the public beta should be available in July. Apple says iOS 16 will be released in the fall, at which point the eSIM transfer feature this new will be available to all users.
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