The French regulatory authority for wireless network coverage, the ANFR, has imposed a temporary ban on Apple’s iPhone 12, which is now three years old, in the country. Tests have shown that the device emits electromagnetic radiation above local limits in certain situations.
Regulator: Update “as soon as possible”
The Agence Nationale des Frequences therefore instructed on Tuesday that devices of the model would have to be removed from sales channels if Apple did not correct the increased values “as quickly as possible” with an update. In the worst case, there is also a risk of a recall of the devices already on the market.
According to the announcement, the ANFR had 141 telephones examined in the laboratory to determine how much electromagnetic radiation the body absorbs during their operation. It was found that the limit for direct physical contact – for example in the hand or in the pocket – was exceeded with the iPhone 12. Instead of the maximum permitted 4 watts per kilogram, it was 5.74 watts per kilogram. The authority wants to control any update that Apple may provide. However, there is currently no information from the group about this. It initially remained unclear why the ANFR only noticed the problematic values now.
Apple discontinued the iPhone 12 yesterday
After all: According to the ANFR, the iPhone 12 complied with the limit of two watts per kilogram for radiation levels at a distance of five millimeters from the body. It applies to situations in which a phone is carried in a jacket or bag, for example.
How important the ANFR decision is to Apple remains to be seen. With yesterday’s presentation of the iPhone 15 generation, the company officially discontinued the iPhone 12. It can no longer be found on the website. However, the hardware usually remains in the sales channels even after such a discontinuation. But Apple only has limited influence on this. (with material from dpa) /
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