Apple says it will release a software update for iPhone 12 owners in France after regulators ordered a halt to sales of the phone over concerns the device violated strict radiation exposure limits.
“We will issue a software update for users in France to reflect the protocol used by French regulators,” Apple said in a statement statement to Reuters. “We look forward to iPhone 12 continuing to be available in France.”
French regulators a ban was ordered of iPhone 12 models earlier this week after the phone was tested and found that its specific absorption rate (SAR) – how much radio frequency is absorbed from a device into a body – exceeded European radiation exposure limits. Belgium has announced it Check the French resultswith Germany, Italy and other countries saying they were monitoring the situation.
The iPhone 12 first went on sale at the end of 2020, but the French ANFR regulator already did Conducting tests on more than 140 phones to ensure radiation standards are met.
Apple has rejected the claims, saying that “this is related to a specific testing protocol from the French regulators and does not pose a security risk” to the iPhone 12 itself. “The ANFR is preparing to quickly test this update,” says France’s Jean Noel Barrot Minister for Digital Affairs, in a statement Reuters.
Concerns about the iPhone 12’s radiation levels and a French ban on sales emerged on the same day Apple announced its new product iPhone 15 And iPhone 15 Pro Mobile phones scheduled to hit the market on September 22nd.