Apple Responds to French Radiation Concerns; Belgium and Italy to Assess iPhone 12

    In a rapidly evolving story, Apple Inc. is scrambling to address concerns related to elevated levels of electromagnetic radiation in its iPhone 12 model, after France temporarily suspended sales. The tech giant has agreed to issue a software update aimed at bringing the device back within European Union regulations on radiation exposure limits.

    Belgium’s State Secretary for Digitalisation, Mathieu Michel, released a statement earlier this week suggesting that while the IBPT regulator is in the midst of conducting a full review, preliminary findings have been “reassuring.” Unlike France, Belgium does not see a reason to pull the device from shelves at this time. Michel stated, “There is no requirement for a recall of the phone in Belgium.”

    Hot on the heels of Belgium, a government source told the Economic Times that Italy is also planning to request Apple to release a similar software update to address radiation concerns. As Italy deliberates its move, speculation is rife that other EU member states may follow.

    Apple’s Response

    Apple was quick to assert that the elevated radiation levels were a result of specific testing protocols in France. “This is related to a specific testing protocol used by French regulators and not a safety concern,” Apple clarified in a statement. France’s Digital Minister, Jean-Noel Barrot, was quoted as saying, “Apple has assured me that it will implement an update for the iPhone 12 in the next few days.” It should be noted that both parties emphasize there is no immediate risk to public health.

    The issue revolves around the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), a metric to gauge how much radio frequency (RF) energy is absorbed by the human body. While the tech community awaits this critical update, Apple is under the spotlight to resolve the SAR controversy surrounding the iPhone 12. If it succeeds in meeting the regulated SAR levels, the ban in France could be lifted, making a case for the device’s safe usage.

    France’s proactive steps might have set the stage for a “snowball effect,” where more EU nations may reassess the iPhone 12’s compliance with radiation levels, as pointed out by Junior Minister Barrot in a previous interview. But at this juncture, that remains speculative.

    For iPhone users concerned about radiation, experts recommend using Bluetooth headsets or loudspeakers for calls, texting over long verbal communications, and avoiding phone use in areas with weak signal strength. Adherence to these guidelines could significantly minimize any associated health risks.

    As the debate around the iPhone 12’s radiation levels gains momentum across European nations, Apple is under pressure to navigate the regulatory hurdles efficiently. The unfolding situation not only challenges Apple’s technological prowess but also tests the delicate balance between innovation and consumer safety in the EU’s digital landscape.

    The upcoming days will reveal whether Apple’s software update proves sufficient in meeting EU radiation standards and whether more countries join France in scrutinizing the popular smartphone.


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    Anubha Pandey




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