During an interview at Startup Fest Europe, Apple CEO Tim Cook has asserted that the company won’t become a mobile carrier or MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator).
Cook said that the company doesn’t have the network skill. However, he added that it will do some things along with e-SIMS.
Our expertise doesn’t extend to the network. We’ve worked with AT&T in the US, O2 in the UK, as well as T-Mobile and Orange, and we expanded as we learned more. But generally, the things Apple likes to do, are things we can do globally.
“We don’t have the network skill. We’ll do some things along the way with e-SIMs along the way, but in general, I like the things carriers do.” Tim Cook said.
In August last, Apple was rumored to become a mobile operator. Though the company denied any such move, rumors had continued to be doing the rounds.
When iPad Pro was launched with embedded SIM, tech world had been abuzz with the speculation that the Cupertino-based company would soon turn into MVNO; giving strong competition to famous mobile networks.
With Cook finally clearing the doubts, the rumor may finally end. Though the embedded SIMs are likely to extend to other iDevices.
Meanwhile, Apple has reportedly told manufactures and suppliers to prepare more than 75 million next-gen iPhones, which are all geared up to arrive this fall.
In terms of design, iPhone 7 is reported to have a striking similarity with iPhone 6s. Among the hottest features that are expected to arrive on the upcoming iPhone are dual camera, smart connector, four speaker grills, 256 GB of internal storage and more.