The national frequency agency (ANFR) of France has ordered Apple to address the issue of releasing electromagnetic waves beyond the prescribed standards. If the problem cannot be rectified through software updates, Apple will be required to recall all iPhone 12 devices sold in the country.
According to Jean-Noel Barrot, the Minister of Digital Affairs in France, ANFR has found that the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), which measures the level of radiation absorbed by human tissue from the electromagnetic waves emitted by communication devices, exceeds the legal limit in the iPhone 12. The agency has shared this information with relevant entities such as trade groups.
ANFR conducted tests on the human tissue when the phone is in close proximity to the body, for example, when it is placed in a pocket. The SAR limit should not exceed 4.0 watts per kilogram, but the iPhone 12 was found to have a SAR value of 5.74 watts per kilogram, exceeding the limit.
Additional tests were conducted when the phone was further away from the body, such as when it is in a bag or on a table. However, the SAR value of the iPhone 12 remained within the prescribed limits.
Apple informed BBC that they are in discussions with ANFR to review the test results, and the company has provided its own test results to the regulatory authority, confirming that the devices comply with global radiation standards.
Although many countries have implemented precautionary measures, the World Health Organization has not yet gathered conclusive evidence on whether the radiation emitted from mobile phones poses a risk to humans.
TLDR: The French national frequency agency has instructed Apple to address the issue of exceeding prescribed standards for electromagnetic wave emissions from the iPhone 12. If the issue cannot be resolved through software updates, a recall of all iPhone 12 devices sold in France may be necessary. Tests conducted by the agency revealed that the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) of the iPhone 12 exceeds the legal limit when the phone is in close proximity to the body. Apple is working with the agency to review the test results and has provided its own test data, stating that the devices comply with global radiation standards. The World Health Organization has yet to reach a conclusion on the potential risks of radiation emitted from mobile phones.