French Watchdog Bans Sale of iPhone 12 Citing Radiation Concerns.

Apple Disputes ANFR’s Findings, Stresses Compliance with Global Standards.

The French radiation watchdog, ANFR, has issued a ban on the sale of Apple’s iPhone 12 within its borders, citing concerns over elevated radiation levels. The decision comes after tests revealed that the iPhone 12’s Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) slightly exceeded permissible limits, emitting more electromagnetic waves that could be absorbed by the body than allowed.

ANFR’s findings indicated that during tests simulating the phone being held in hand or kept in a pocket, the iPhone 12’s SAR measured at 5.74 watts per kilogram, surpassing the European Union’s standard of 4.0 watts per kilogram for SAR tests.

In response to the ban, Apple is disputing ANFR’s tests and asserting that the iPhone 12 complies with global radiation standards. The tech giant has emphasized that its device received certification from multiple international bodies attesting to its adherence to worldwide SAR regulations and safety standards. Furthermore, Apple has transparently disclosed SAR values for its devices, including the iPhone 12, on its official website.

The French National Frequency Agency has issued a directive for Apple to withdraw the iPhone 12 from the French market, effective September 12, 2023, based on measurements that indicate the device’s specific absorption rate surpasses established limits. It remains unclear why the iPhone 12, which was released in 2020, did not pass ANFR’s latest tests and why only this particular model has faced these restrictions.

This development underscores the crucial importance of ensuring that electronic devices conform to established safety standards, particularly those related to radiation emissions. It also serves as a reminder to consumers to remain aware of potential health risks associated with electronic devices.

As the situation unfolds, it is anticipated that other European countries may review their own standards and tests in response to France’s actions, potentially leading to wider implications for the sale and regulation of electronic devices.








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