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Concerns involving the alleged high radiation levels of the iPhone 12 are about to end as the test for an update to fix it has started. The Cupertino giant already sent the update to authorities for testing, but it is limited in France. It is unknown whether this will be rolled out to other EU nations, which are also expressing fears over the matter.

The update test follows Apple’s promise to deliver a solution to the issue, which was first voiced by authorities in France. The country’s public administrative establishment, Agence Nationale des Fréquences, started the move, leading to the suspension of the model’s sales this month. It also threatened to push a product recall if its requested update was not fulfilled.

Fortunately, the issue is now expected to end with the French authorities testing the update Apple sent. And although the move sounds like an affirmation of the flaw, Apple underscored earlier that the update is meant to meet the “specific testing protocol used by French regulators and not a safety concern.”

Moreover, it is important to note that the “radiation” claims making the rounds online involving the issue only pertain to radio-frequency radiation. The World Health Organisation itself also found no clear evidence of mobile phones causing any adverse health effects on users, supporting different studies conducted over the past two decades by other researchers. Hence, France’s radiation claims and results are based on its own standards and tests.

On the other hand, while the problem is now nearing its end in France, Apple still has to address the same concerns in other EU nations, including Germany, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Italy. As confirmed by the Belgian regulator to Reuters, the update was currently dedicated to France. There’s still no confirmation from Apple whether it will also implement the update to the said countries above.

The issue surfaced almost at the same time Apple launched its new iPhone 15 series. The introduction of the latest models pushed the iPhone 12 out of Apple’s lineup offerings, but it can still be bought from other third-party stores and outlets.


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