3 features I wish the iPhone 12 had that you can find on Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S20 (AAPL)

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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. 

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A fingerprint sensor for quickly unlocking your phone

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.

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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

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, battery level, and unread notifications even when the display is turned off. That can make it easier to see information at a glance without having to reach for your phone.

In my experience, having an always-on display has made it easier to check the time or see which app a notification came from without falling down the rabbit hole of scrolling through Instagram or my overflowing email inbox.

The iPhone 12 may not have an always-on display, but Apple did improve the iPhone’s screen in a couple of other ways, such as by making OLED screens standard across all models and improving their durability with a new ceramic shield coating. 

A higher refresh rate for smoother scrolling

A number of Android phones such as those from Samsung, Google, and OnePlus also have screens that are capable of reaching a higher refresh rate for smoother scrolling. 

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Source:: Businessinsider – Tech


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