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Amid ongoing electromagnetic radiation uproar over the iPhone 12 which led to halting the sales of the flagship device, Apple envisions reviewing the matter. The tech giant has given indications of updating iPhone 12 software for users in France.
“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,” an Apple (AAPL) spokesperson told CNN Friday.
It was reported that regulators imposed a ban on iPhone 12 models, given its non-compliance with European radiation exposure limits. France’s National Frequency Agency ANFR also urged Apple to implement corrective measures to make the flagship device compliant with EU radiation exposure limits otherwise the company would have to call back the devices.
The French ban could lead to massive impact as it may trickle down to all 27 countries within a space of three months if Apple refuses to conform to EU regulations, European Commission spokesperson Sonya Gospodinova said Thursday.
Belgium ruled that it would assess the French findings, with Germany, Italy, and other nations saying they’d be taking stock of the situation.
Apple told CNN Friday that the sales halt was related “to a specific testing protocol used by French regulators and not a safety concern.”
“Since it was introduced in 2020, iPhone 12 has been certified and recognized as meeting or exceeding all applicable SAR regulations and standards around the world,” Apple said.
The French agency said the iPhone 12 recently failed one of the tests deciding the amount of radiation emitted. On Tuesday, France’s government issued an order for sales suspension of the iPhone 12.
The World Health Organization’s cancer research division has categorized cellphones as potential carcinogens, alongside substances like coffee, diesel fumes, and the pesticide DDT. It’s important to note that the radiation emitted by cellphones is not capable of directly harming DNA and differs from more intense forms of radiation such as X-rays or ultraviolet light.
To address concerns related to cellphone radiation exposure, experts advise individuals to consider using earphones or opt for texting as alternative communication methods.