Return of Touch ID the most-anticipated feature for iPhone 13

Apple customers are seemingly always on the lookout for the next big thing when it comes to new products. That may not be quite true for the iPhone 13, though.

According to a survey by SellCell.com, the feature most Apple customers are looking forward to is actually the return of Touch ID, the fingerprint sensor Apple has been phasing out in favor of Face ID.

Touch ID debuted on the iPhone 5s in 2013. It subsequently made its way to the iPad and Mac. Apple began to phase it out in 2017 with the iPhone X. Facial recognition meant that customers wouldn’t have to physically touch their phones in order to unlock them or authenticate their identity. Perhaps the bigger reason for replacing Touch ID, however, was so Apple could get rid of the Home button and embrace an edge-to-edge display.

This year, Apple is rumored to be bringing back Touch ID — although, this time, it won’t have a dedicated button, but will supposedly be built into the display. It won’t replace Face ID, either. Instead it will be an alternative for scenarios like unlocking your iPhone while wearing a mask. It could also presumably be used as an added layer of security, requiring both face and fingerprint to unlock certain features.

These are the features people are hankering after.
Photo: SoftCell

According to SoftCell.com, of the 3,000 customers it interviewed, 21% listed the return of Touch ID as the feature they’re most hankering after. Here were the other results:

Return of Touch ID – 21%
Higher refresh rate display (120Hz) – 17%
Smaller notch / Notch-less design – 15%
Return of in-box charger – 12%
Bigger battery – 11%
Better camera features – 8.2%
Faster processor – 6.8%
Compact phone – 5%
Better waterproofing – 2.2%
Foldable design – 1%
Removal of lightning port – 0.8%

It’s important to note, of course, that this is a relative small sample size — although it’s nonetheless a few percentage points over the next-most anticipated feature, the ProMotion display. At the other end of the spectrum, very few people seem excited about a possible foldable iPhone. But that may be because few people are expecting it for this year’s refresh.

Are you excited about the return of Touch ID? Which features would sell you this year’s iPhone? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.