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iPhone 12’s Radiation Levels Challenge Apple in France

iPhone 12's Radiation Levels Challenge Apple in France

In a surprising turn of events, shortly after Apple’s event, the French National Frequencies Agency (ANFR) raised concerns about iPhone 12’s radiation levels.

ANFR insisted that Apple temporarily halt iPhone 12 sales and quickly release a fix for the identified issue. The French agency pointed out that the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) limit for the iPhone 12 had been exceeded.

ANFR measured SAR levels for head and limb exposure when the phone was handheld or in a pocket. While Apple complied with the European Union SAR limit of 2 W/kg for head exposure, it exceeded the limit of 4 W/kg for limb exposure, recording a rate of 5.74 W/kg.

The business implications of this issue are not as dire as they may seem at first glance. Apple can address the problem through a software update, thereby potentially avoiding the need for costly recalls.

France’s telecom minister, Jean-Noël Barrot, urges Apple to swiftly comply with French regulations, hinting at potential actions if not met. This statement’s timing aligns with increased media coverage, suggesting a possible media campaign led by the French government.

Apple insists that the iPhone 12 holds certifications from global regulators and has independent lab results confirming SAR standard compliance. The company plans to challenge ANFR’s findings while actively engaging with the agency to explore potential resolutions.

As the tech world watches closely, the outcome of this regulatory challenge may shape how Apple and other tech giants navigate international standards and regulatory scrutiny in the future.

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