Lisa EadiciccoOct 16, 2020, 22:20 IST
Apple’s iPhone 12 comes with several upgrades like 5G support, a refreshed design, and a camera that’s better at taking photos in the dark.But there are several useful features found on Android phones that the iPhone still lacks.These include a fingerprint sensor and an always-on display.
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.
Here’s a closer look at the top Android features missing from Apple’s latest smartphones.
A fingerprint sensor for quickly unlocking your phone
Samsung’s Galaxy S lines have had fingerprint sensors built into their screens since last year.
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When Apple introduced its new iPad Air, which has Touch ID built into the top button, I was hopeful that the company would bring its fingerprint-scanning tech back to the iPhone, too.
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.
An always-on display so that you can see the time without picking up your phone
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The Apple Watch has had an always-on display since the Series 5 model debuted last year, but we have yet to see this feature on the iPhone.
Android phones like the Galaxy S20, Galaxy Note 20, and Google Pixel 5 have displays that can show information like the time, date,…