Apple to Update iPhone 12 Software in France After Sales Suspension Over Radiation Concerns

Apple has announced plans to release a software update for iPhone 12 users in France following a sales suspension by the country’s regulators. The National Frequency Agency of France (ANFR) ordered the immediate withdrawal of the iPhone 12 from the French market, citing non-compliance with European radiation exposure limits. Apple spokespersons have stated that the suspension was due to a testing protocol used by French regulators and not a safety concern.

The ANFR also ruled that for iPhone 12s already in use, Apple must implement corrective measures to ensure compliance or recall the devices. In response, Apple has assured France’s minister for the digital economy, Jean-Noel Barrot, that an update will be rolled out in the coming days. This update will bring the iPhone 12 in line with European standards applied in France.

Despite the concerns raised by the ANFR, Apple maintains that the iPhone 12 meets or exceeds all applicable SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) regulations and standards globally. SAR is a measure of the rate of energy absorption by the body from the source being measured.

– Apple spokesperson
– National Frequency Agency of France (ANFR)
– Jean-Noel Barrot, France’s Minister for the Digital Economy

The sales suspension in France coincided with the unveiling of Apple’s latest models, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro, at the company’s annual keynote event in California.

It is important to note that regulatory bodies and experts generally advise against excessive concern regarding SAR levels. Apple’s prompt response to address the concerns raised in France demonstrates their commitment to ensuring compliance and customer satisfaction. Users can look forward to the upcoming software update that will allow iPhone 12 sales to resume in France, once it is tested and confirmed to meet European standards.

With ongoing advancements in technology and increasing reliance on mobile devices, it is crucial for manufacturers to prioritize safety and regulatory compliance to uphold consumer trust and confidence in their products.