This is the one new iPhone 13 feature people can’t stop talking about
When Apple introduced Face ID on the iPhone X, it was a bold and arguably risky design move. Not only did Apple implement a brand new authentication technology on a large scale, they also got rid of Touch ID, which at the time was incredibly reliable, easy to use, and familiar. Fortunately, despite initial concerns from people who got used to Touch ID, the transition from Touch ID to Face ID was pretty seamless.
As great as Face ID is, there are still some use cases where Touch ID provides a superior user experience. With Touch ID, for example, users could initiate and complete the authentication process while the device was still in their pocket. Face ID has gotten a lot faster over the past few years, but it's still a bit behind Touch ID when it comes to speed unlocking.
In addition, the coronavirus pandemic has required the use of face masks for hundreds of millions of people around the world, a dynamic that makes facial unlocking impossible.
Overall, Apple has been loudly asking to bring Touch ID back. In fact, we've even seen some speculative reports - some from credible sources - claiming Apple was actually working on bringing back Touch ID via an under-display fingerprint sensor or possibly the power button itself.
With that in mind, a recent survey by SellCell shows that returning Touch ID is actually the feature iPhone users want the most.
Below are the most wanted iPhone 13 features per survey:
Return of Touch ID - 21%
Display with higher refresh rate (120 Hz) - 17%
Minor notch / notchless design - 15%
Return of the charger in the box - 12%
Bigger battery - 11%
Better camera functions - 8.2%
Faster processor - 6.8%
Compact phone - 5%
Better water resistance - 2.2%
Foldable design - 1%
Distance of the lightning connection - 0.8%
To be honest, I'm a bit surprised that Touch ID did so well, but it's entirely possible that a full year of unlocking frustrations from constantly wearing masks turned out to be higher than usual.
Regardless, there doesn't seem to be a chance that Touch ID will make a return on the iPhone 13. According to renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple's technology for recognizing fingerprints under the display will likely only arrive with the iPhone 15 in 2023 at the earliest, if at all.
Regarding the other features mentioned in the above survey, some of them are actually featured on the iPhone 13. The iPhone 13 Pro models, for example, are said to have a 120 Hz ProMotion display to improve responsiveness and enable smoother scrolling. Apple's implementation is also believed to include toggling dynamic variable updates so that the display can alternate between 60Hz and 120Hz depending on the use case environment.
Additionally, product leaks suggest that the iPhone 13 series will have a smaller notch that is 26.8mm in size. For reference, the width of the notch on the iPhone 12 is checked in at 34.83mm.
An iPhone 13 model leaked in April can be viewed below:
Overall, the notch won't be nearly as wide, but it will be a little higher. Other possible features of the iPhone 13 include portrait mode support for video recordings, an always-on display function, and improved camera performance.
As for the iPhone 13 release date, credible sources have said that Apple's entire iPhone 13 line of products - which will consist of four devices - will be released in September. And while nothing is official yet, Apple is slated to hold a special media event in early September to showcase its next-generation iPhone lineup.
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