On the 12th of September, the French radiation watchdog agency, ANFR (Agence Nationale des Fréquences), issued a statement announcing the temporary suspension of iPhone 12 sales due to concerns over excessive radiation levels. ANFR conducted a test measuring the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) in close proximity to human limbs, such as when the device is held in a user’s hand or carried in their pants pocket. The test results revealed SAR levels that exceeded regulatory limits, forcing the agency to call for a temporary halt in iPhone 12 sales until the issue can be resolved.
Apple announced that it will update its software:
“We will issue a software update for users in France to accommodate the protocol used by French regulators. We look forward to iPhone 12 continuing to be available in France,” (source)
This is not the first time that concerns have been raised due to radiation levels in iPhones. The Chicago Tribune spent approximately a year investigating the radiofrequency radiation emitted by cellphones. They immersed an iPhone 7, among other phones, in liquid that mimics human tissue and found that the radiation measurement inside the tissue was well above the legal limit, twice what was reported to regulators. Apple disputes the results, saying it tests its products differently.
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