Missing iPhone 13 features that would've been pretty great if Apple had delivered

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Don't get us wrong -- Apple's new iPhone 13 lineup has some powerful upgrades to offer. But there were a few rumored features we still didn't get.
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Apple's iPhone 13 and 13 Pro certainly have a lot to offer over their predecessors: longer battery life, better cameras and more storage space at the base level. But there are still plenty of features we'd hoped to see on the iPhone 13 lineup that are missing from Apple's latest iteration of smartphones. Many of these capabilities are available on Android competitors, while some can even be found on other Apple products.

Read more: Here are CNET's reviews of the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini, and the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max.

The iPhone 13, which is available for preorder, starts at $829 for the standard model without a carrier discount. The Mini begins at $729, while the iPhone 13 Pro starts at $999 and the iPhone 13 Pro Max has an entry price of $1,099.

From an in-screen fingerprint reader to a truly borderless screen, here are the features that are still missing from the iPhone 13.

USB-C support

Wouldn't it be great if you could use the same charger for your iPhone and the other gadgets in your home? Apple's latest iPhone, however, is once again missing USB-C connectivity. As has been the case since 2012, the latest iPhones require Apple's proprietary Lightning cable for wired charging.

Not only does that mean you can't use chargers from other gadgets to power up your iPhone, but it also means chargers from other Apple mobile devices might not be compatible with your iPhone. Apple's iPad Air, iPad Pro and newly announced iPad Mini, for example, all charge via USB-C. That means even if you're an Apple loyalist, you'll need to keep track of multiple charging cables.

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An in-screen fingerprint reader

Face ID works great most of the time, but it would be nice to have the option of using your fingerprint to unlock your device as well. That's especially true over the last year-and-a-half since Face ID can't accurately identify you while wearing a face mask. If you don't have an Apple Watch,…
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