French Watchdog Uncovers Radiation Problem in the iPhone 12

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France has banned sales of the iPhone 12 in light of radiation concerns (Image credit: CNET)

The French watchdog, which governs radio frequency in France, recently advised Apple to fix issues with radiation plauging the company’s older phone models. The ANFR’ found that the iPhone 12 specific absorption rate exceeded the legal limit, which stands at 4 watts per kilogram. The iPhone 12 was measured to emit 5.74 watts per kilogram. Before this announcement, the National Frequency Agency ANFR had ordered Apple to resolve this issue through a software update. However, as ANFR’s proposed resolution became increasingly challenging to implement, the French digital minister Jean-Noel Barrot announced that France had no option but to “recall every iPhone 12 sold in the country”. 

Apple has also refuted the French government’s claim, stating that the iPhone 12 “was certified by multiple international bodies as compliant with global radiation standards, that it had provided several Apple and third-party lab results proving the phone’s compliance to the French agency.” However, despite it’s claims, the iPhone 12 is no longer available for purchase from the Apple Store. It must be noted the iPhone 12 is yet to be officially discontinued.

France’s sanction of the iPhone 12 has spurred other nations into action, including China which recently ordered al government agencies to stop using iPhones. While they still haven’t passed any laws to stop the distribution of Apple products, it wouldn’t be surprising for the CPP to take  this trend to its finality. Belgium has also claimed that they will begin reviewing the health risks associated with the iPhone 12.

As Apple’s recent unveiling of the iPhone 15 gradually becomes cemented as a relative disaster compared to previous models, with sales stagnating and Apple stock falling two percentage points, the future dominance of Apple over other big tech giants like Samsung and Microsoft just might be called into question.

Written by Milanni Contreras

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