Apple to Roll Out iPhone 12 Update in France Following Regulatory Concerns Over Radiation Emissions

After French regulators halted 2020 iPhone sales over radiation concerns, Apple has decided to update iPhone12 software.

Apple said in a statement Friday that it “will issue a software update for users in France to accommodate the protocol used by French regulators.” It did not elaborate.

The ANFR ordered the iPhone 12’s immediate withdrawal from the French market on Tuesday, citing European radiation exposure limits. For iPhone 12s already in use, the ANFR ordered Apple to take “all necessary corrective measures to bring the telephones into conformity as soon as possible” or recall them.

Apple told CNN Friday that the suspension of sales was related “to a specific testing protocol used by French regulators and not a safety concern.”

Since 2020, iPhone 12 has been certified and recognized as meeting or exceeding all applicable SAR regulations and standards worldwide, according to Apple. The French regulator defines SAR as the body’s energy absorption rate from the source. Experts and regulators advise against worry.

France’s digital economy minister Jean-Noel Barrot wrote on X, formerly Twitter, Friday that Apple will release an iPhone 12 update in the next few days. The French regulator intends to test this update immediately upon release.

The sales suspension occurred on the same day Apple unveiled the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro at its annual keynote event in California.

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