Apple has confirmed that the lack of noise cancellation feature on the iPhone 13 is not a bug. The company intentionally disabled the setting for 5G devices and currently has no plans to change it.
Upon release, users noticed that their iPhone 13 devices did not come with a noise cancellation toggle as part of accessibility settings. The change was seen as an issue with the iOS 15 operating system and at the time, a Reddit user received confirmation from Apple that they planned to fix it.
But a new report from 9to5Mac suggests that the lack of functionality was, in fact, intentional. It turns out that one of their readers named Steve contacted Apple Support via Twitter DM for clarification on an update to fix the issue.
“- after working with Apple and a senior advisor for months saying to wait for an update to fix the issue, I received an update regarding the issue, and apparently it won’t be fixed and the noise cancellation is intentionally disabled for these devices for unspecified reasons,” he said.
Apple responded to his post saying that the noise canceling feature will not be available on the iPhone 13 series and therefore there is no option in the settings. Moreover, one could try to leave comments on the same for future reference.
The noise cancellation feature was introduced with iOS7 in 2013 and is said to reduce ambient noise during phone calls, making it easier to hear the caller despite any surrounding noise. The company added a noise isolation feature this year, however, designed to distinguish the user’s voice from background sounds. But, the feature is only assigned to FaceTime calls.