iphone 12 banned in france
France has banned the sales of iPhone 12 in the country as it was found that the phone was emitting too much radiation.
The French regulator ANFR, which governs radio frequencies, ordered the halt of sales and directed Apple to fix the handset as it was emitting electromagnetic radiation over the prescribed limit. It said that the electromagnetic waves were susceptible to be absorbed by the body over than permitted limit. The ANFR ordered Apple to remove the iPhone 12 from the French market from September 12.
The ANFR has told Apple to recall all the devices in France if it was unable to resolve the issue with a software update.
The agency said that its accredited labs found 5.74 watts per kilogram electromagnetic energy absorption by the body during testing. Whereas, as per the European standard is a specific absorption rate of 4.0 watts per kilogram.
Apple had been ordered to take corrective measures for handsets already sold, otherwise the company would have to recall all the phones from the French market. The agency said it would keep an eye on the handsets sales in the country. Apple has been given two weeks to respond to the findings officially.
Apple, on the other hand, released a statement that said the iPhone 12 was certified by multiple international bodies since its launch in 2020. Furthermore, the handset was compliant with global radiation standards. The phone was launched for sale with several Apple and third-party lab results proving the phone’s compliance to the French agency. Apple said that it will contest the ANFR findings.
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Meanwhile, other European countries are looking into the findings made by the French agency and it could also effect Apple in the EU market as a whole. German radiation watchdog BfS said that the decision by France could have implications for all of Europe.
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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there was no evidence suggesting that exposure to low level electromagnetic fields posed any harm to humans.