iPhones with Touch ID

Since the iPhone 8 lineup, the only iPhones with Touch ID are the 3 generations of iPhone SE. In this write-up, I will list every other Apple phone with this feature and also explain what the feature is and how it works. So, let’s get to it.

iPhones with Touch ID

  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone SE – First Generation (Launched in 2016)
  • iPhone SE (2020) – Second Generation
  • iPhone SE (2022) – Third Generation

What is Touch ID?

Touch ID is a biometric security measure that uses your finger’s unique genetic markup to unlock your smartphone, gain access to an app, and confirm a payment or a purchase. If you are coming from Android, yes it is a nice name that Apple gives to a fingerprint sensor.

iPhone 5s announced in 2013 was the first phone with a Touch ID and all the phones announced in the 5 years that followed comes with it. At the time of first publishing this write-up though, only iPhone SE generations have consistently had it after 2017.

Touch ID is integrated into the home button of the phones that come with it and when you place your finger on it and it recognizes it, your phone will be unlocked, payment will go through or you will gain access to an app.

Touch ID working Principle

Touch ID is one of the things you will be prompted to set up immediately after you turned on the phone. During the setup, you will be asked to place your finger on the sensor multiple times and try to get different angles.

This is so that the device can store different parts of your finger into its secure database which in turn makes it easier for you to unlock with any part of your finger that lands on the sensor.

You can register up to five fingers on most iPhones which means you can unlock your device with any of them.

This registration involves using an electric current from the sensor to take a digital image of your finger, turned it into mathematical symbols, encrypt it and store it locally into what Apple called Secure Enclave.

After the setup, every time you place your finger on the Touch ID sensor to unlock your device, it takes a new digital image and compares it to the ones in its database and if it matches one, your phone will be unlocked.

Which iPhones Still Use Touch ID?

Most iPhones that have Touch ID have been discontinued (Apple no longer manufacture them) except the iPhone SE (2020) and iPhone SE (2022) which are the second and third generations of iPhone SE respectively.

What Is The Last iPhone With Touch ID?

At the moment, the last iPhone that comes with a Touch ID is the iPhone SE (2022) but the last flagships that come with it are the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

Does iPhone 12 and 13 Have Touch ID?

No, iPhones 12 and 13 do not have Touch ID. They both came with Face ID. Apple hasn’t released a flagship phone since 2017 that has a Touch ID.

Final Thought

Since Apple announced iPhone X (their first device with a notch), we have not seen iPhones with Touch ID except iPhone SE 2020 and 2022 which used the old iPhone design.

I think Apple is probably trying to perfect the under-display fingerprint implementation before shipping it in one of their flagships. I do hope to see one in the very near future. I hope you find this write-up informative and useful.

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