Apple To Issue Software Update In France Over iPhone 12 Radiation Concerns
Apple has promised to provide a software update for its iPhone 12 devices in response to concerns raised by French authorities over radiation levels.
France had earlier suspended sales of the iPhone 12 model, citing breaches of radiation exposure limits. Had Apple not acted, France threatened a recall of the device.
Apple disputed the findings presented by France, insisting that the iPhone 12 met global standards as certified by several international bodies. However, Apple stated that it would issue a software update to align with the testing methods used by France.
Radiation Warning Raises Concerns
The radiation warning in France, which is based on a different set of tests than those used in other countries, has caused concerns in Europe and other regions. Belgium has also requested to benefit from the software upgrade.
However, industry experts have declared that there are no safety risks as the regulatory limits, based on the risk of burns or heatstroke from the phone’s radiation, are set far below levels where scientists have found evidence of harm.
The World Health Organization states that no adverse health effects have been proven to be caused by mobile phones, despite numerous studies conducted over the past twenty years.
Apple’s software update for the iPhone 12 is expected to be similar to the regular software fixes it routinely provides to rectify security issues. These updates can be tailored to a specific model or region, and eligible users install them when Apple pings their iPhones.
Regulatory Disputes and International Standards
Apple’s dispute with French regulators highlights the varying standards and testing methods used internationally to assess radiation exposure from mobile devices.
While the company insists its iPhone 12 model complies with international standards, the French authorities have based their concerns on their unique testing protocol, leading to a temporary halt of the device’s sales in the country.
The forthcoming software update, tailored to meet French regulatory standards, underscores the tech giant’s commitment to adhering to local regulations and user safety.
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