France has instructed Apple to halt the sales of its iPhone 12 model due to concerns over excessive electromagnetic radiation emissions. The French regulatory body overseeing radio frequencies, ANFR, has given Apple an ultimatum to either resolve the issue through a software update or initiate a nationwide recall of the iPhone 12.
Despite the World Health Organization stating that there’s no conclusive evidence to suggest that low-level electromagnetic fields are harmful to humans, the French authorities have taken a stringent stance. The iPhone 12, which was launched in September 2020, is still available for purchase globally.
Apple is challenging ANFR’s findings, asserting that their internal and third-party lab results confirm the device meets all regulatory standards for radiation levels. France’s Digital Minister, Jean-Noel Barrot, however, has cited that the iPhone 12’s Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) exceeds the legal limit.
Apple has two weeks to respond to the French authorities. Failure to do so could result in a complete recall of the iPhone 12 in France, setting a precedent that could trigger similar actions across Europe.
Interestingly, this news broke on the same day Apple announced its latest iPhone 15, which features a new charging port. Meanwhile, China has refuted claims that it has banned the use of iPhones within its government agencies.
For those concerned about radiation levels in their phones, this development serves as a reminder to always check the SAR levels before making a purchase.