US tech giant Apple will update French users’ iPhone 12 smartphones after French authorities ordered the devices to be withdrawn from sale due to excessive levels of radiation emitted by the devices.
On Tuesday, France ordered the suspension of the sale of iPhone 12 smartphones, which arrived on the market in 2020. The French national frequency agency ANFR found that these devices emit more electromagnetic waves than is allowed.
“Apple has assured me that it will roll out an update for the iPhone 12 in the next few days,” said the French Minister of Digitization Jean-Noel Barrot.
Both Apple and Barrot have assured that the radiation poses no threat to public health.
“This is related to the specific test protocol used by French regulators and does not pose a safety concern,” Apple said, adding that the device complies with emissions regulations worldwide.
The American tech giant will therefore release a software update for users in France to adapt the devices to the protocol used by French regulators.
As Barrot explained, the ANFR will evaluate the update and then decide whether to lift the ban on iPhone 12 sales.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that several studies have been carried out in this area and that “no adverse health effects caused by mobile phone use have been identified”, according to AFP.