Apple iPhone SE TouchID is the same as in 5s, slower than iPhone 6s fingerprint sensor

Apple has invented a time machine and it took us back in the future by unveiling a 4-inch phone yesterday.

And while the iPhone SE might look almost exactly like the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5, it features a vastly improved hardware. In fact, under the hood, the iPhone SE is as powerful as the iPhone 6s with the same Apple A9 system chip (that will feel even faster on the lower-res iPhone SE display) and a 12-megapixel iSight camera with Focus Pixels, 4K video recording and Live Photos support.

There are two things missing, though: one that we've previously mentioned is 3D Touch. The other that we're learning about now is about Touch ID.

The fingerprint recognition system is available on the iPhone SE, but it's not the latest and speediest generation that we know from the iPhone 6s, but instead it is the first-gen Touch ID sensor from the iPhone 5s. And that means it will be noticeably slower than that of the iPhone 6s and 6.

This is a downside, but we would not say that it's a dealbreaker: for many, the iPhone 6s Touch ID sensor seems too fast, as often it will unlock the phone before you even manage to read your notifications. The iPhone SE won't suffer from those issues, and it will still support Apple Pay, which is nice, but just keep in mind that the sensor itself won't be all that fast.

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iPhone SE
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1624 mAh(14h 3G talk time)



1. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Maybe it's a software thing. It might still not be entirely finalised.

3. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

This phone has literally no competition nor rivals, you barely find 4-inch Android phone that has following characteristics: Width less than 60mm (one hand friendly) A9 chips equivalent (Snapdragon820) Apple pay equivalent 4k video shooting camera If you're complaining this features I would says good luck to find the 4 inch phone with fingerprint scanner alternative.

8. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Agreed, but that doesn't mean people will buy it, just because it's an empty market. It seems the market died; people are loving their 4.7inch + devices after being 'forced' into it by every manufacturer. It'll be interesting to see if 4 inch does gain a large following again, but I doubt it.

10. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

No matter how hard you try, ifans will never learn and apple will never innovate again..........

17. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

2 reasons that proof you're dead wrong 1. you have underestimate the power of niche market. In case you haven't go to Japan, they love 'remake' version, every fanboy I can bet. If they able to buy $400 for a clamshell phone with just 512MB ram and 2GB storage, I don't see why not they flood into this. 2. You have underestimate the power of Apple marketing strategies. Go surf Apple. com and check the price. You will notice iPhone se 64GB cost as same as iPhone 6 16GB. Apple price it on purpose. To those budget buyer, why entertain a phone that just A8 chips 8mp camera when you can sacrifice big screen for a 12mp A9 chip yet 4x the storage size. Obviously Apple is lurking some animal for the 4 inch version. You don't realize this because your hatred has covered your vision on why Apple done this

23. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

1. Japanese always have room for clamshell phone, they just like that form factor, and most of them have clamshell phone as secondary mobile phone.. but, iPhone SE isnt clamshell phone 2. lets just see if this 4incher sell well, or not

27. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

You hit another reasons to get iPhone se, secondary mobile phone... Two-phone holders can easily get iPhone se simply because it weight less. 2 large phone can simply weight almost 400g and turns your pockets into a pair of testicles. Clamshell phone in Japan called as 'keitai' for a reasons, not because its form factor, but simply it's keitai (compact) and light to hold. Again a niche is a niche. You don't expect judge your opinion against silent minority.

33. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Why would you get two phones? A lot of Androids offer the ability to hold two sim cards. So why bother getting two phones, or carry around two phones? You seem to be fixed about the Japanese and clamshell. But the iPhone SE isn't a clamshell, so I don't know why you are bringing that up for a reason for people to buy the iPhone SE?

24. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Okay. There's no hatred, I just said that I'm interested to see if it sells well. They are not reasons that I'm dead wrong. There is zero proof that I'm dead wrong, you have just speculated possible reasons why it *might* sell well. Stop fan girling please.

49. gaybe

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 02, 2018

Perhaps, it would be “more better” if you could reiterate everything you just said, but in English, otherwise your incorrect grammar, contradicts (at least in my mind) every argument you just made about why you think “every one is more wronger than me I right bout all it”

41. Mrmark

Posts: 400; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

There are a lot of 5 and 5S phone still being used so the 4 inch market is not dead yet.

11. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I don't think you will find many android users wanting 4". SE is more like overprised decent retro car. They had market for 4" they abandoned it they came back. Alternative is here Nexus 5x beats in low light, has larger and better resolution decent dipslay. Has more memory than basic SE is a lot cheaper, low light is better, FP scanner is better and faster. SE is way overpriced phone thats what it is.

12. iKamalkandel

Posts: 30; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

The closest one that Android has to offer in same range is Sony Xperia Z5 Compact. Head to head.

16. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Android OEMs are not fosusing phones of such a small footprint. Even Z5 Compact is significantly bigger thab iPhone SE.

45. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

adreno do you need glasses? 127 X 65 X 8.9 mm ( Sony Z5 compact) 123.8 X 58.6 X 7.6 ( iphone 5SE) not thats much bigger for a phone overall better in mostly all aspect.

15. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

4 inch phones aren't really that sought after any more last I checked, by some, sure, but I know people that have adapted and are now enjoying larger phones, and feel they are better, it just took them a while to get used to it, yes they might not be greater for one hand use, but generally they agree that being able to use it in one hand leads to many distracting moments because you "think" you can do more things at one time, and then that causes issues. And lets face it, people in general aren't great when they are trying to walk on a sidewalk and use their phone at the same time. So maybe it is a good thing phones are beyond 4 inches, because it makes people have to stop and focus on them if they want to do something easily? and is that really a bad thing? is one hand use really an advantage?

31. Djz89

Posts: 445; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

That is true, but i read a while ago that sony was making a xperia mini with 4 inch screen. Nothing official, but i am sure i read it somewhere.

32. uggman

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

this is amazing, if this were an android phone everyone would be killing it, but since it has a biten apple in the back its the best phone at 4", first of the screen is too small for today standars, the fingerprint scanner they use is the same one in the older 5S and nobody saw this as a cost cut from apple they even say nice things about old hardware, its a nice looking phone with compromises and at 400 and 500 bucks they are a little too expensive they should be 100$ less to make them more appealing.

36. jpvala

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

That's true this phone literary has no competition nor rivals cause they are not gonna sell well outside of US. Because except US apples pricing are too coastly for such a device. For example Apple just announced they will sell the base model of iPhone SE at $584. With such a steep price the phone is dangerously close to the other android flagships and even the iPhone 6 which is just $20 more coastlier then iPhone SE.

39. jpvala

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

Apple just announced they will sell the base model of iPhone SE at $584 in India.

42. _KIRA_

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 25, 2013

Z5 compact says hi

44. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Nope i found one with 4.6 inch at 65 mm wich is negligible difference in size. SD810 wich make it as smooth using as the 6S ( benchmark may be better on A9 but real life performance is more important and its still run everything whitout lag ) I dont give a f**k about Apple pay and other mobile payement platform i am fine with my normal cards. Its shoot 4k video. is waterproof. Better camera. Also have finger print scanner. Its called Xparia Z5 compact. sony always made great mini and compact device.

46. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

This is the stupidest phone I've heard of in months. They're taking a three and a half year old design, plopping a newer processor and camera in it and you fools are salivating. You know how pissed everyone would be if Samsung released a Galaxy S 3 with brand new processor and camera as a brand new Galaxy SE? You Apple Fools would be up in arms with pitchforks talking about how stupid Samsung is yet once your favorite fruity company repackages old junk with a couple new features you guys praise them bringing back something you've been wanting for years. So freaking dumb. Apple sure knows how to print money. Same body as the iPhone 5S, same fingerprint scanner, no physical upgrades, and you'll buy it.

18. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

Cpu thing, not software.

20. Subie

Posts: 2390; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

It's got the same cpu set up as the 6s.

4. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

I don't get Apple. It all feels like a mess. Just make an actual new phone, this seems so cheap of Apple to just recycle an idea with underclocked internals, and now it's clear that some of the internals are actually the same!? All of Apple feels a mess though. Nothing about Macs; the lines last major update was back in 2012 (exc New Macbook). The iPad Air line seems to have died, now two models are called iPad Pro? That makes sense. While the iPhone has two distinct names between two different sizes? Why not atleast call it iPad Pro and iPad Pro Plus, like the iPhone and iPhone Plus? It's a huge mess in the naming catalogue, and that alone doesn't feel like the simple, clean Apple that I was jealous of a number of years ago. The Apple Watch "New models" thing is also ridiculous. They are just new bands, Apple. some $5 bands you decide to charge $50 for. We can all see that. They need a massive clean up, and a long look at their product line and what the customers are really asking and willing to buy. This is a step in the right place, but it seems so unbelievably lazy.

14. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Except the design is still superb. Even if it's underclocked, it'll still destroy sd810 and its gpu will easily match the andreno on the sd820 in on-screen tests. This baby costs 150bucks less than the ip6 and it has much bwtter specs and battery life. Even the 64GB variant is much cheaper than the ip6s. This is a very powerful device. Iphone 5c has been the biggest failure so far. Don't know why people call this phone trash.

30. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Because the fact that Apple decided to reuse the same design makes no sense and is just lazy product design. The specs are appreciated but the phone itself just has no reason to exist.

35. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

Yes, I was calling them lazy for reusing the same design before it launched, but I didn't know they were going to price it $400. Now I think they did it right. $400 is a great price for this phone and trying to get it thinner, lighter but for $100 more would be worse.

6. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

SE stands for special edition.

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