In September, France ordered the recall of the iPhone 12 because its radiation levels were allegedly higher than those established by European law. After that, the Apple company referred to the problem and responded to the French authorities in a statement .
Why did France decide to withdraw the iPhone 12?
Last month, the French National Spectrum Agency (ANFR) demanded that Apple withdraw the iPhone 12 from the French market from September 12, 2023, as measures show that the specific absorption rate exceeds the established limits .
Apple should immediately take all necessary measures to prevent the iPhone 12 from being available on the market through the supply chain, according to the ANFR.
For his part, the French Minister of Digital Economy Jean-Noel Barrot confirmed on his X account that the sale of iPhone 12 has been stopped in France until Apple offers an update for all affected devices .
In addition, he wrote in another post: the ANFR found that the iPhone 12 emitted a wave level slightly above the permissible limit. This level is more than 10 times lower than the level at which there may be a health risk .
What did Apple answer?
Apple disputed the findings of the French regulators, saying in an article published on its website that for more than a decade, iPhones have included sensors that allow the phone to detect when it is near a user’s body in order to maintain power supply. transmission at lower levels .
In addition, they explained that the device consumes slightly higher transmitting powers when the phone is not near a body, for example, when it is placed on a table .
The company found that the test protocol used by the agence Nationale des frequencies did not take into account this functionality. However, a software update has been released, which will be available to users in October of this year, which will disable the body recognition technology, which will always keep the phone at a lower transmitting power .
“We want all iPhone 12 users to know that the iPhone 12 is and has always been safe to use,” Apple said in a statement. It was certified to comply with the globally applicable regulations and standards for power transmission when it was first delivered in 2020, and no changes have been made since then that affect power transmission, they assured.
In this way, the iPhone 12 can easily be sold again in France.