According to a report from TechCrunch, the company is set to address France’s radiation regulator’s concerns with a software update for the iPhone 12.
In a statement to the media, an Apple spokesperson said: “We will release a software update to users in France to adjust the protocols used by French regulators. We expect the iPhone 12 to be available in France. This relates to a specific testing protocol used by French regulators and is not a safety concern.
It is important to note that the software update will not be able to adjust the radiation level, as this would be a hardware issue. However, Apple thinks the software patch will be enough to allow the iPhone 12s to pass future radiation tests. The company is also expecting the iPhone 12 to be available in France.
Why did the iPhone 12 fail radiation tests in France?
Earlier, Apple noted that the iPhone 12 failing radiation tests in France is not a safety concern and noted that the phone was certified by multiple international bodies to be compliant with global radiation standards.
Whenever a brand launches a new phone, France’s ANFR measures several specific absorption rates (SAR) in its laboratories. It is a common practice for hardware manufacturers to submit their devices for testing by various radiation agencies around the world.
For example, the European Union states that the human body should not receive more than 2W/kg of radiation per 10 grams of tissue. This test is used to mimic what happens to the user’s head when they hold the phone to their ear.
Apple’s iPhone 12 is below this limit. However, ANFR began tracking another absorption rate for organs in 2020. With this new measure, the French agency tries to understand what happens to the user’s hand when he is holding the phone, or what happens to his leg when the phone is in his pants pocket.
In that test, ANFR noted a SAR of 5.74 W/kg for the iPhone 12, which is above the limit of 4 W/kg.
Apple gets ‘help’ from other EU members
Meanwhile, other EU states have come to Apple’s aid. Minister of Digitalization of Belgium, Matthew MitchellSaid that local tests were “reassuring” and recommended suspending sales of the iPhone 12.
On the other hand, Denmark’s safety authority suggested that it has no concerns about the radiation levels of the iPhone 12. Other industry experts have also said the findings indicate there is no risk of burns or heatstroke from the phone’s radiation.
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