Have you opened up a new iPhone package and wondered what is the little metal piece that comes with iPhone 13?
You are not alone. Most people have no idea what that metal thing is for. Read on to know why the Apple company always adds that metal piece to the iPhone package.
What is the little metal piece that comes with iPhone 13?
That metal piece that comes with an iPhone 13 package has a single purpose. That is, to eject the sim card tray. Most people tend to buy iPhones without a sim card because they want to use their existing sim cards.
To remove the sim card tray, you simply have to push the pointed part of the metal instrument into the tiny hole on the side of the iPhone. This will eject the sim tray. You then have the place the sim card of an appropriate size on the right side up on the tray and push it back in. Set it well so that you hear a click. Easy!
But why Apple adds this simple instrument with all their Apple iPhones is quite interesting. Keep in mind that Apple really does avoid adding any free accessories with their phones. So why the simple pin?
In 2010, Apple purchased the license for a material called liquid metal. Liquid metal is twice as strong as titanium and also easier to manufacture. With this purchase of the material, everyone thought that the new material would appear in a unique way in the upcoming Apple devices.
But they were wrong. Liquid metal was not used on any Apple device. Instead, it came in the form of a simple metal instrument like a hairpin which would be used as a sim ejector tool.
Apple always tries to keep at least two manufacturers for every component of their devices. This helps to keep production costs low and keep ahead of the smartphone competition.
Liquid metal is a patented material that has only one manufacturer. It hasn’t been around for a very long time. Using liquid metal in a flagship product might have been too risky. So Apple has intentionally used this material as a sim ejector tool.
So that metal piece that you wonder why comes with iPhone 13 is not just a sim ejector tool. It is also an experimental trial run for a new kind of material. It is being tested for its speed of production and long-term durability.
In the future, it is likely that we will see this material called liquid metal in more prominent ways, like an iPhone housing or structure. But for now, it’s just a sim card tray ejector.
What is the Little Metal Piece That Comes with iPhone 13? Summary
The little metal piece is a tool that allows you to eject the sim card tray from the iPhone 13. If you want to change the sim or place a new one, just insert the pointed part of the tool into the tiny hole on the side of the iPhone, and the tray will pop out. Place the sim on the tray and push it back in till you clear a click.
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