France orders iPhone 12 sales to stop over radiation concerns

Tim Hardwick

On Tuesday, France ordered Apple to halt sales of the iPhone 12 and “fix” existing devices over concerns that the devices emit too much electromagnetic radiation (via France24).

The French agency that regulates radio frequencies, ANFR, said on its website that tests found an ‌iPhone 12‌ emits more electromagnetic waves that can be absorbed by the body than allowed.

ANFR ordered Apple to “remove ‌iPhone 12‌ from the French market from September 12 due to the model exceeding the limit of absorption of electromagnetic radiation by the body. The agency also advised Apple to recall all ‌iPhone 12‌ it has ever been sold in the country. Apple released ‌iPhone 12‌ in 2020, and it continues to be sold worldwide.

“For phones already sold, Apple must take corrective action as soon as possible to bring affected phones into compliance,” ANFR said in a statement . his website. “Otherwise Apple will have to recall them.”

ANFR said the specific absorption rate (SAR) of the device is 5.74 watts per kilogram, which exceeds the limit set by the European Union for the phone when it is held in the hands. or keep it in your pocket. ANFR said it intends to share its findings with other EU regulators.

The results contradict World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations. According to the WHO website, based on a large number of studies, “there are no harmful health effects associated with the use of mobile phones.”

Apple told the BBC it disputes the results of the ANFR review. and said it has provided the regulator with its own laboratory results, as well as those from third parties, which show the device complies with all relevant regulations. Apple said the ‌iPhone 12‌ was found to comply with global radiation levels.

This is not the first time Apple has come under scrutiny from regulators in the country. Under previous French legislation, Apple was legally required to include EarPods on a precautionary basis until January 2022, as regulators said the risks of exposure to electromagnetic waves on the developing brain were not clearly known.

France rules were also expanded in 2020 to require retailers to list the radiation value of products on packaging beyond smartphones, to include tablets and other electronic devices.

As for the ‌iPhone 12‌ According to ANFR, Apple should respond within two weeks.

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