Apple updates iPhone 12 in France

In order to comply with European standards for the level of wave emissions and achieve the cancellation of its marketing, Apple will release a software update.

Apple will update the iPhone 12 in France to meet European standards for wave emission levels and get its marketing recalled, the Californian giant and France’s digital affairs minister told AFP on Friday.

“After discussions and at the request (on Tuesday) of the ANFR (frequency agency), the manufacturer Apple has assured me that it will implement the update on the iPhone 12 in the coming days,” Jean-Noël Barrot said in a statement sent to AFP.

“We will issue a software update for French users that will reflect the protocol used by French regulators,” an Apple spokesperson said in a separate statement. “We look forward to iPhone 12 continuing to be available in France,” he added.

The iPhone 12, which has been on sale since the end of 2020, was at the end of its career when the ANFR announced a temporary withdrawal from the French market on Tuesday due to excessive levels of wave emissions.

In particular, the iPhone 12 exceeds by 1.74 watts per kilogram (w/kg) the regulatory limit value corresponding to the energy that can be absorbed by the human body when the phone is held in the hand (so-called SAR members).

In many similar cases, manufacturers update their devices before retirement. This was not the case for Apple, which faced this procedure for the first time.

The manufacturer has two weeks to propose corrective measures.

“ANFR is preparing to rapidly test this update, which would make the model finally compatible,” Jean-Noël Barrot said on Friday. If this did not happen, the minister stated that he was ready to request the recall of all devices of this model.

Apple initially protested

On Tuesday, Apple challenged the agency’s conclusions, ensuring that the iPhone 12 conforms to standards defined around the world. It now points the finger at “the specific testing protocol used by French regulators” and denies “any safety issue”.

In fact, going over the limit is probably harmless. In addition, “the detected non-compliance did not warrant an immediate withdrawal,” assures ANFR.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “there is currently no evidence that exposure to low-intensity electromagnetic fields is dangerous to human health.”

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