By Jay / / Apple News

In a recent turn of events, France’s National Frequency Agency (ANFR) made headlines by banning the sale of the iPhone 12 within the country due to concerns about its radiation problem surpassing EU regulations. Specifically, the device’s Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) was found to exceed the permissible limit.

This decision left Apple with an ultimatum: find a swift resolution or face a recall of all iPhone 12 units ever sold in France. Today, Apple has responded to this challenge, pledging to release a software update aimed at resolving the radiation problem in iPhone 12.

While the specifics of the forthcoming software update remain shrouded in mystery, Apple is confident that it will assuage the ANFR’s concerns and align with the unique testing methods employed in France. Unlike other countries, French regulators conduct SAR tests not only for the head and body but also for limbs, simulating real-world usage scenarios where a phone is held in hand. It was in these limb tests that the iPhone 12 fell short of compliance.

In an official statement, Apple announced:

“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.

This is related to a specific testing protocol used by French regulators and not a safety concern.”

Notably, officials from Belgium, Germany, and Italy have joined the chorus, urging Apple to extend this update to the entire European Union. It is highly likely that Apple will heed this call, given the broader implications of the issue. The French government has stated that, following the release of the update, the iPhone 12 will undergo swift retesting, and if it falls within the legal SAR limits, sales will promptly resume.

Apple’s proactive response to the iPhone 12’s radiation concerns in France demonstrates its commitment to regulatory compliance and user safety. As users eagerly anticipate the forthcoming software update, the resolution of this issue could pave the way for the seamless availability of the iPhone 12 not only in France but potentially across the entire EU.

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