Following radiation concerns, Apple will update its iPhone 12 in France, according to the nation’s digital minister.
According to Jean-Noel Barrot, Apple will soon release a software update for users in the nation.
Following the discovery of excessive electromagnetic radiation by a regulator, sales of the iPhone 12 were stopped in France. Apple was ordered to resolve the problem.
The company claimed that users in France, where it claimed a special testing methodology existed, would only be affected by the latest version.
The American tech behemoth claimed the radiation results came from that testing process and were “not a safety concern.”
Apple’s intentions for the iPhone 12, which was released barely three years ago, in other nations are called into question by the next update.
Before allowing the iPhone 12 to once again be sold in the nation, Mr. Barrot stated that the radio frequency regulator (ANFR) would test the new version to ensure compliance.
Concerns regarding radiation from mobile phones have previously been addressed by the World Health Organization.
It claims on its website that there is insufficient data to draw the conclusion that human exposure to low-level electromagnetic fields is detrimental.
Apple explained the radiation discovery in France as “related to a specific testing protocol used by French regulators and not a safety concern” in a statement to the AFP news agency.
The iPhone 12 met with emissions regulations everywhere, according to the statement, but it will “issue a software update for users in France to accommodate the protocol used by French regulators”
The ANFR earlier warned Apple that it would have to recall every iPhone 12 sold in the nation if the problem could not be fixed with a software update.
The regulator discovered that the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) of the iPhone 12 was higher than what was permitted by French law.
In September 2020, Apple unveiled the iPhone 12, which is still available today.
Apple earlier this week informed BBC News that it was appealing the ANFR’s review.
It claimed to have given the regulator laboratory data from its own and outside sources, demonstrating that the device complied with all applicable regulations.
However, Mr. Barrot gave Apple a two-week deadline and predicted that there might be “a snowball effect” when France informed other regulators in the European Union (EU) of its findings.
On Thursday, regulators from Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium announced they were now also looking into the situation.
The BBC was informed by Germany’s BNetzA network agency that the French probe might result in actions that would be applicable to all EU nations.
With regard to the French prohibition, neither the UK nor the US have made any announcements.