iPhone 13 Does Not Support Noise Cancellation

Apple confirms that the lack of noise cancellation feature in the iPhone 13 is by design and not a bug.

 iPhone 13 might not have the noise cancellation feature anymore. As the last year came to an end, many iPhone 13 users directed focus towards the absence of a noise cancellation function. This feature helped in reducing background noise during phone calls. People thought that the problem was because of a software bug in iOS 15 and that Apple would fix it soon. But that’s not the case.

Questions about the noise cancellation feature rose on Reddit and Apple Support pages a little after the phone went on sale. Apple users realized that their iPhone 13 devices did not come with a noise cancellation function as part of the accessibility settings.

The feature is still on previous iPhone models using iOS 15, but is not available on the iPhone 13. The change was deemed as a glitch after a Reddit user received confirmation from Apple that they were planning to fix it.

What Does the Noise Cancellation Feature Do?

The noise cancellation function was first introduced with iOS7 in 2013. It decreased background noises during phone calls. Thus, making it easier for people to listen to the caller, despite any surrounding sounds.

A report by 9to5Mac stated that the feature is designed to “reduce ambient noise on phone calls when you are holding the receiver to your ear.” As a result, making it easier to listen to calls. 

“Phone Noise Cancellation is not available on iPhone 13 models, which is why you do not see this option in the settings,” Apple support told one of 9to5Mac’s readers. When asked for further clarification, the support team verified that the feature is “not supported.”

The Lack of a Noise Cancellation Feature – Not a Glitch

An iPhone 13 user contacted technical support regarding this issue. He was initially told to wait for a software update. But later, a tech support representative said that “phone call noise reduction is not available on iPhone 13 models, so you do not see this option in the settings”. Questions about any possibility of this feature returning in the future were not answered.

This just shows that the company deliberately disabled the setting for the 5G devices. Apple is yet to confirm whether this feature has been permanently removed or not. So far, the only updates we have are from Apple Support and not the company itself.

Final thoughts – What’s the Alternative?

It’s still not clear why Apple decided to remove this function and doesn’t plan to add it back. As of now, the only alternative is to activate the Voice Isolation feature on a call in the Control Center. It has been introduced recently and allows people to differentiate between the user’s voice and the background sounds. But, it is only currently allotted for FaceTime calls.

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