France Orders Apple to Recall iPhone 12 Due to Excessive Electromagnetic Radiation Emissions
Paris, France – In a surprising turn of events, France has ordered Apple to cease the sale of iPhone 12 devices and recall all units sold within its borders. The decision comes after concerns were raised over excessive electromagnetic radiation emissions emitted by the popular smartphone.
The French agency responsible for regulating radio frequencies, known as ANFR, conducted tests and found that the iPhone 12 emits a higher level of electromagnetic waves that can potentially be absorbed by the body than what is permitted. As a result, the agency has mandated that Apple remove the iPhone 12 from the French market and make the necessary adjustments to ensure compliance with electromagnetic absorption limits.
One of the key measurements used to assess the potential health risks associated with electromagnetic radiation is the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR). Surpassing the European Union’s limit, the iPhone 12 was found to have a SAR of 5.74 watts per kilogram. The limit is exceeded when the device is held or kept in a pocket, raising concerns about the potential effects on users’ health.
ANFR aims to share its findings with other European Union regulators, highlighting the need for a comprehensive evaluation of smartphone radiation emissions. It is important to note that the World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that no adverse health effects have been definitively linked to mobile phone use.
Apple, on the other hand, is challenging the ANFR’s review and asserts that it has provided the regulator with laboratory results and third-party findings proving compliance with regulations. The tech giant has faced previous regulatory scrutiny in France, including requirements to include EarPods in iPhone boxes and expanded regulations mandating the display of radiation values on product packaging.
Apple has been given a two-week ultimatum by the ANFR to respond to the order. The decision could have significant implications for the company, as France represents a significant portion of its market and any disruptions in sales or brand reputation could be impactful.
As the controversy continues, consumers eagerly await the outcome of Apple’s response and the potential impact on the availability of iPhone 12 devices in France. While the health effects of electromagnetic radiation remain under debate and scientific study, it is clear that regulators are taking steps to ensure the safety of consumers in the face of advancing technology.