Because of the excessive radiation levels, France issues an order to Apple to prohibit sales of the iPhone 12.
On Tuesday, French authorities gave Apple an order to stop selling the iPhone 12 because it emits an unsafe level of electromagnetic radiation and demanded that the company update its current devices.
According to the French organization that is in charge of regulating radio frequencies, which is called the ANFR, tests revealed that the model generates more electromagnetic radiation that are able to be absorbed by the body than is authorized.
According to the ANFR's statement, the organization "ordered Apple to remove the iPhone 12 from the French market beginning September 12 due to the model exceeding the limit" for electromagnetic absorption by the body.
During studies mimicking when the phone was being held in the hand or stored in a pocket, it was said that certified laboratories found that the body absorbed electromagnetic radiation at a rate of 5.74 watts per kilogram when the phone was being used.
When it comes to these kinds of testing, the European standard calls for a certain absorption rate of 4.0 watts per kilogram.
"Apple must in the briefest of delays take corrective measures to bring the affected phones into compliance," stated the ANFR in a statement that was published on its website. "Concerning phones already sold, Apple must in the briefest of delays take corrective measures,"
If that does not happen, Apple will be forced to recall them.
The ANFR found that the tests that assess the amount of electromagnetic radiation that is absorbed at a distance of five centimeters were in accordance with the limit of 2.0 watts per kilogram.
ANFR announced that beginning on Wednesday, its agents would begin verifying that the iPhone 12 devices in question were no longer being offered for sale in France.
Apple did not immediately respond to AFP's request for a comment after being contacted.
In order to reduce the risk of potentially harmful impacts on people's health, authorities in a number of nations have imposed restrictions on the quantity of electromagnetic radiation that can be emitted by mobile phones.
According to the World Health Organization's website, "no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by the use of mobile phones." This conclusion was reached after a vast number of research were conducted.
Apple, not unexpectedly, has refuted the allegations made by the ANFR. It informed The Register that the iPhone 12 was approved for compliance by standards bodies all over the world and that it had provided proof to the ANFR demonstrating that the smartphone complied with requirements.
The French government has a long history of fomenting conflict with major American technology companies. As a result of the protests that took place in 2022, the license for Starlink was revoked, and schools were given the instruction to stop utilizing the free versions of Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace due to privacy concerns.
As for Apple's iPhone 12, which was released in the year 2020, production of this model was halted on the same day that the ANFR took its move. Although Apple gadgets are no longer sold directly to customers through the company's online store, they are still sold through other channels.