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Apple may have dropped the built-in noise reduction on the iPhone 13

Apple's "Noise Cancellation" accessibility feature has been a regular feature on previous iPhones, but may have been permanently removed from the iPhone 13 series, 9to5Mac has reviewed. The feature is designed to "reduce ambient noise during phone calls when holding the receiver to your ear," a feature that can help make calls easier to hear.

"Phone noise reduction is not available on iPhone 13 models, so you can not see this option in [the Accessibility] settings, "Apple Support told one of 9to5Mac's readers. When the reader asked for clarification, the support team confirmed that the feature "is not supported."

Questions about noise reduction appeared on Reddit and Apple's support pages shortly after the phone went on sale, and readers noticed that it was no longer available on the Availability page. The feature is still available with iOS 15 on previous iPhone models, but is nowhere to be found on the iPhone 13.

"Noise Cancellation" usually uses an iPhone's camera microphone to detect and remove ambient noise around you, so you can more easily hear the other person on a phone or FaceTime call - something that can be valuable to the hearing impaired. The problem only applies if you use the handset alone without, for example, Apple's AirPods noise-canceling headphones. (It does not affect what others belong to; it introduced the Apple Voice Isolation feature with iOS 15.)

Apple has not yet officially confirmed that the feature has been permanently removed on iPhone 13 devices; so far, the only word on it has come indirectly from Apple Support. As such, Engadget has contacted Apple for further clarification.

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