Apple just announced its latest series of iPhones – the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
At the September Apple Event yesterday, the company went into detail about the phone’s new features, including a faster chip, larger battery, upgraded camera, faster 5G speed and a brighter OLED display.
The phones come in a new range of colours, including a pink, blue, midnight, starlight and product red, and feature a new diagonal style camera.
iPhone 13’s new features sound pretty impressive, but before the Apple Event, there were rumours the phones would also be returning to the old Touch ID passcode system.
Does iPhone 13 have fingerprint entry? Let’s find out.
Does iPhone 13 have Touch ID?
Unfortunately, the new iPhone 13 does not have Touch ID.
It was rumoured that the new design would feature under-screen fingerprint scanners, and users had hoped they would be able to choose whether to use Face ID or Touch ID.
However, this isn’t the case. As with all Apple phones after the iPhone 8, the iPhone 13 features Face ID which allows people to unlock their phone using facial recognition.
The only two passcode systems available on the iPhone 13 are Face ID and the normal number or letter password.
Touch ID was tested for iPhone 13
Whilst it didn’t make the cut, under screen Touch ID was reportedly a feature that was tested ahead of the iPhone 13 release.
Bloomberg’s Apple Commentator Mark Gurman said in his Power On newsletter: “While Apple had tested in-screen Touch ID for the next flagship iPhones, it won’t make the cut this year.”
He believes that Touch ID will never return as Apple is “all in on Face ID” and has a “long-term goal to implement Face ID in the display itself.”
Why do people want Touch ID back?
When Apple first launched Face ID, it was revolutionary, and people loved the futuristic new feature. However, along came the Covid-19 pandemic, and things quickly changed.
As the pandemic hit, people around the world were forced to wear face masks to limit the spread of the virus, which caused all sorts of problems for Face ID users.
Whilst wearing a mask, people were no longer able to unlock their phones using facial recognition, with many wishing Apple would relaunch Touch ID.
However, it doesn’t seem like Apple will be reintroducing the feature any time soon, and Face ID is here to stay.
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