Title: Belgium Looks into Health Risks of iPhone 12, Following France’s Ban
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Belgium is reviewing potential health risks associated with Apple’s iPhone 12 after France banned the model due to breaches of radiation exposure limits. The European Commission is currently seeking feedback from other EU countries before deciding on any action, indicating that an immediate EU-wide ban is unlikely to occur.
Apple contests the French findings and claims that the iPhone 12 complies with global radiation standards. They argue that regulatory limits are set well below levels where harm has been found, as confirmed by industry experts.
Italy has announced that it is monitoring the situation but will not take any action for now. Similarly, Germany views France’s actions as a possible guide for Europe and will evaluate the issue for the German market if France’s process progresses sufficiently.
The Dutch digital watchdog is also investigating the matter and will request an explanation from Apple. However, the watchdog has stated that there is no immediate safety risk associated with the iPhone 12.
Portugal’s telecommunications regulator is actively monitoring and analyzing developments, in coordination with France. They expect Apple to correct the situation, or for Brussels to instruct EU member states to adopt measures if necessary.
In contrast, the United Kingdom has not announced any plans following France’s decision, as the iPhone 12 met radiation safety standards when it was released.
Apple generated approximately $95 billion in revenues in Europe last year, making it the company’s second-largest market after the Americas. Although the iPhone 12 is still available for purchase from third-party sellers, including Amazon France, it is no longer available for purchase directly from Apple online.
While analysts suggest that the restrictions on iPhone 12 sales may not have a significant impact, Apple could face other challenges, such as potential limitations on iPhone use in China and new data regulations in Europe.
As the investigation continues, it remains to be seen whether additional countries will follow France’s lead in banning the iPhone 12 or if Apple’s claim of compliance with radiation standards will be upheld. The impact on Apple’s second-largest market in Europe and potential challenges in other regions will be closely watched in the coming months.
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