The French regulatory authority responsible for overseeing radio frequencies has issued a directive to the technology corporation, urging them to address the issues present in their current phone models.
The French National Frequency Agency (ANFR) has provided guidance to Apple, stating that in the event that the issue cannot be resolved through a software update, it is necessary for Apple to initiate a recall of all iPhone 12 units that have been sold within the country.
However, the World Health Organization has previously made an effort to allay worries regarding the radiation that mobile phones emit.
According to the information provided on its official website, there is currently no substantiated evidence to support the notion that human exposure to low level electromagnetic fields is detrimental.
The iPhone 12 was initially introduced to the market in September 2020 and continues to be available for purchase globally.
Apple informed our media experts that it is currently contesting the results of the ANFR’s review. The company stated that it has submitted laboratory results, both from its own facilities and from third-party sources, to the regulatory body. These results demonstrate that the device in question adheres to all applicable regulations.
The iPhone 12 has been acknowledged for its compliance with global regulations regarding radiation levels.
According to Reuters, Jean-Noel Barrot, the digital minister of France, informed Le Parisien, a French newspaper, that the decision was made based on radiation levels that exceeded the acceptable threshold.
According to his statement, the ANFR has determined that the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) of the iPhone 12 exceeds the permissible limit set by regulations.
He stated that it is anticipated that Apple will provide a response within a two-week timeframe.
In the event of their non-compliance, I am fully prepared to initiate a recall of all iPhones 12 currently in circulation. The rule applies universally to all entities, including prominent digital corporations.
According to Barrot, France intends to share its findings with other regulators within the trading bloc, potentially having a cascading effect.
The ANFR mandates the evaluation of the specific absorption rate (SAR) of devices based on two distinct usage scenarios for mobile phones.
First, there is a “limb” check, which refers to the assessment of a phone’s proximity to a person’s body, such as when it is being held or placed in a trouser pocket. The specific absorption rate (SAR) limit for this device is four watts per kilogram.
According to the regulatory authority, the specific absorption rate (SAR) of the device’s “membre” was measured to be 5.74 watts per kilogram, which exceeds the prescribed limit.
Additionally, a check is implemented to account for instances when a phone is positioned slightly further away, such as when it is stored in a bag or jacket pocket. It is worth noting that the iPhone 12’s Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) measurement falls below this established threshold.
The news was initially reported on Tuesday in France, coinciding with Apple’s announcement of the new iPhone 15 on the same day.
The recently released phone is the first device since 2012 to incorporate an alternative charging port. Apple has announced that it will offer an adapter for customers to utilize their current cables.
The Chinese foreign ministry has responded to media reports alleging that government agencies have instructed their staff to discontinue the use of iPhones.
According to available information, there are currently no laws, regulations, or policies in place in China that prohibit the use of Apple’s products.