On 12th of September, France’s radiation watchdog banned Apple iPhone 12’s sales after testing the electromagnetic radiation levels of the phone which as per the reports are above European Union (EU) standards for exposure.
The decision of suspension of iPhone 12’s sales was made by Agence Nationale des Frequences (ANFR), on Tuesday.
According to The Indian Express The main issue caused by a phone’s “non-ionizing” type of radiation is the heating up of body tissue. Above set limits, and depending on the duration of exposure, this can lead to health effects such as burns or heat stroke, according to the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), a body which sets guidelines for the limits globally.
For the health concerns due to emission of excessive electromagnetic radiation than allowed, France has temporarily banned the sales.
Apple has disputed the conclusions saying that the iPhone 12 which was released in 2020 was certified by multiple international bodies as compliant with global radiation standards.
The digital minister of France, Jean-Noel Barrot in a Statement to AFP said, “Apple has assured me that it will implement an update for the iPhone 12 in the next few days”.
Apple is issuing an update for the device as it looks to de-escalate an impending battle with European regulators. Belgium began testing the iPhone 12’s radiation levels following France’s ban, as per the reports of Evening Standard.