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3 features I wish Apple's new iPhone 12 had that Android phones have had for years




Here's a closer look at the top Android features missing from Apple's latest smartphones.

Apple's iPhone 12, which is available for pre-order starting Friday, brings a number of changes that differentiate it from last year's iPhone 11. These include an updated design, 5G support, improved cameras, and new size options.

Plus, the iPhone 12 lineup will be compatible with a new line of accessories Apple is launching called MagSafe, which as its name implies uses magnets to quickly and securely attach to the iPhone.

The addition of 5G and a wider range of sizes and price points certainly gives Apple more leverage to compete with products from Android rivals like Samsung and Google. But there are still a few small but useful features found on Android phones that I had hoped to see on the iPhone 12 lineup.

Unfortunately, that wasn't the case with the iPhone 12. Like every modern iPhone with a borderless, edge-to-edge screen, the iPhone 12 lineup only supports Face ID when it comes to biometric authentication.

At a time when I find myself typing in my passcode more than ever because I'm wearing a mask, it would have been nice to see Apple re-introduce Touch ID to the iPhone.

Some Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy Note 20, and OnePlus 8 Pro offer both fingerprint detection and face unlock. Google's new Pixel 5 also has a fingerprint sensor, although it lacks facial recognition.

 


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