A French government watchdog agency has ordered Apple to remove the iPhone 12 from the market, saying it emits too high levels of electromagnetic radiation.
ByThe Associated Press
September 13, 2023, 4:07 a.m.
PARIS — A French government watchdog agency has ordered Apple to remove the iPhone 12 from the market, saying it emits too high levels of electromagnetic radiation.
The National Frequency Agency, which oversees radio frequencies as well as public exposure to electromagnetic radiation, called on Apple in a statement on Tuesday to “implement all available means to quickly remedy this malfunction.”
Patch updates for the iPhone 12 will be monitored by the agency, according to the press release and if they do not work, “Apple will have to recall” the phones already sold, it specifies.
The agency, known by the French acronym ANFR, said it recently checked 141 cellphones, including the Apple iPhone 12, for electromagnetic waves capable of being absorbed by the human body.
The company said it found an electromagnetic energy absorption level of 5.74 watts per kilogram when testing a phone held in a hand or pocket, higher than the European Union standard of 4 .0 watts per kilogram.
The agency said the iPhone 12 met the threshold when radiation levels were assessed for a phone kept in a jacket or bag.