Apple’s iPhone 12 has come under fire in France over concerns about excessive electromagnetic radiation. The National Frequencies Agency (ANFR), the French regulatory body for radio frequencies, has issued a directive to Apple, stipulating the halt in sales of the iPhone 12 and the rectification of existing phones.
The central issue revolves around the specific absorption rate (SAR) of the iPhone 12. According to ANFR, the device exceeds the legal limit when held close to the body, measuring 5.74 watts per kilogram, exceeding the threshold .
Although Apple has contested ANFR’s findings by presenting lab results from internal and third-party sources, ensuring compliance with established regulations, France stands firm. Digital Minister Jean-Noel Barrot stressed that if Apple does not resolve concerns within a fortnight, a possible nationwide recall could be launched.
The wider implications of this move could reverberate across the European trading bloc, with France poised to share its findings, potentially leading to what Barrot calls a “snowball effect”.
Interestingly, the World Health Organization has previously stated that there is no concrete evidence linking low-level electromagnetic fields from mobile phones to adverse health effects in humans.
This development comes at a crucial time for Apple, as it launched the iPhone 15 on the same day the news broke. The iPhone 15 introduces an alternative charging port, marking a major design change since 2012.
In related news, Chinese authorities have refuted media claims suggesting a government-imposed ban on iPhone use, clarifying that there is no such mandate.
While the outcome remains uncertain, it underscores the complexities tech giants face in navigating global regulations and standards.
This article is sourced from and written by AI.
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