After French regulators ordered Apple to stop selling the iPhone 12 because it produces electromagnetic radiation at levels higher than those allowed by the European Union, the company has agreed to install fixes for the model there.
The business, which just announced the newest line of iPhones, says that the 12 model is secure and that since its release in 2020, phones have received certification in numerous nations.
The issue, according to the French government organization in charge of managing wireless communications frequencies, is “related to a particular testing protocol,” the document claims.
The iPhone 12 just failed one of two types of testing for electromagnetic waves that can be absorbed by the body, according to the French agency. The French authorities banned the sale of the iPhone on Tuesday.
Without going into further detail, Apple said in a statement on Friday that it “will issue a software update for users in France to accommodate the protocol used by French regulators.”
If Apple had refused to release upgrades and no other country had complained, the French ban might have been extended to all 27 EU nations within three months, according to European Commission spokesman Sonya Gospodinova.
The radiation levels of the iPhone 12 are still well below what scientific studies consider potentially dangerous for users, according to France’s minister of digital affairs, and the radiation agency recognized that their tests don’t really represent typical phone use.
The cancer research branch of the World Health Organization has classified cellphones as potential carcinogens, placing them in the same category as coffee, diesel fumes, and the pesticide DDT.
Comparable to weaker forms of radiation like X-rays or UV light, cellphone radiation cannot directly harm DNA. In order to reduce their exposure to cellphone radiation, experts advise using earbuds or switching to texting.