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At least four countries in the European Union are concerned about the possibility of the iPhone 12 smartphone exceeding the legal radiation exposure limits. The group includes Belgium, Germany, Spain, and France.
France’s public administrative establishment Agence Nationale des Fréquences (ANFR) started the move with a request to stop selling iPhone 12 units due to the said concern. It also expects Apple to roll out an update to resolve the current iPhone 12 units issue. According to a report by Reuters, the institution is threatening Apple with a recall if the requests are not observed.
Germany and Spain also reportedly have the same concern, while Belgium actively started a review of the matter and its possible health risks to users. Mathieu Michel, state secretary for digitalization of Belgium, also reportedly requested a review of all iPhone models and other devices from other companies.
On the other hand, despite the claims, Apple directly dismissed the claims, stressing the certification processes its devices have to meet before they go on sale to the public. Reuters reports:
Apple said in a statement the iPhone 12, launched in 2020, was certified by multiple international bodies as compliant with global radiation standards, that it had provided several Apple and third-party lab results proving the phone’s compliance to the French agency, and that it was contesting its findings.
Interestingly, the issue has surfaced at the exact season Apple is pushing out some of the series in its offering lineup, which happens to be the iPhone 12 this year. However, while the timing of the iPhone 12 removal from its lineup sounds graceful and convenient for Apple, we doubt the EU countries will let it pass without fuss.