France’s radiation regulatory body, ANFR, recently made headlines by imposing a ban on the sale of iPhone 12 devices due to concerns over radiation levels exceeding European Union standards. Initially, Apple pushed back against these allegations, but they have since announced their commitment to resolving the issue through a forthcoming software update.
Apple’s decision to take action was prompted by ANFR’s implicit threat to recall all previously sold iPhone 12 Series devices in France unless immediate steps were taken to address the radiation concerns. While Apple has confirmed the development of a software update, the specific details of how this update will mitigate radiation emissions have not been disclosed in their statement.
Nevertheless, Apple maintains confidence that the upcoming software update for the iPhone 12 will align the device with France’s rigorous testing standards. It is worth noting that France upholds stricter regulations compared to many other countries, conducting radiation assessments not only near the head and body but also during handheld usage, which could explain the iPhone 12’s previous compliance issues.
In response to France’s actions, the governments of Belgium, Germany, and Italy have joined forces, urging Apple to extend this update to all European Union member states. France’s authorities plan to conduct a reevaluation of the iPhone 12’s radiation levels following the deployment of the software update, potentially allowing for the resumption of sales if emissions fall within acceptable limits.