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Apple to update iPhone 12 in France due to radiation concerns

Apple will update the iPhone 12 in France after regulators raised concerns about electromagnetic radiation emitted by the devices, the country’s digital minister and the company announced Friday.

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France ordered on Tuesday the cessation of sales of the device, released in 2020, after finding that the model emitted more electromagnetic waves than allowed.

ANFR recently tested 141 cell phones and found that when the iPhone 12 is hand-held or carried in a pocket, its electromagnetic energy absorption level is 5.74 watts per kilogram, more than the European standard of 4 watts per kilogram.

“Apple assured me that it will implement an update for the iPhone 12 in the coming days,” said French Digital Minister Jean-Noël Barrot.

The company and Barrot insisted that the radiation posed no danger to public health.

Apple denies ‘any security issues’

“This is related to a specific testing protocol used by French regulators and not a safety issue,” Apple said in a statement, adding that the device complied with emissions rules worldwide.

“We will release a software update for users in France to adapt to the protocol used by French regulators.”

On Tuesday, Barrot gave the US tech giant two weeks to release an update to its phone, which is nearing the end of its run as a front-line Apple product.


He said ANFR would quickly evaluate the update and then decide whether to lift the sales ban.

The World Health Organization said several studies have been conducted in this area and “no adverse health effects have been established to be due to cell phone use.”

Its cancer research arm classifies smartphones as “possible” carcinogens, putting them in the same category as coffee, diesel fumes and the artificial sweetener aspartame.

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