The iPhone 12 launched in 2020 and was much appreciated by users as well as critics. However, the smartphone is now making headlines as it has been accused of emitting higher than permitted radiations. French authorities even told Apple to stop selling the iPhone 12 in the country else they would recall the phones already sold to customers, according to a Reuters report. The tech giant, however, has denied these allegations and says that everything is under control and that the iPhone 12 was certified by multiple international bodies as meeting global radiation standards.
France says iPhone 12 emits high radiation
The Reuters report says that Apple defended its product on Wednesday, after France ordered the company to stop selling iPhone 12 in the country since it ‘breaches European Union radiation exposure limits’. After this, Europe also mulled over the idea of banning iPhone 12 as Germany’s network regulator, BNetz, hinted at similar proceedings. BNetz was reportedly in contact with French authorities. On the other hand, Spain’s OCU consumers’ group urged authorities there to pause the sales of the iPhone 12.
Coming back to France, the country’s authorities even said that they would be sending their agents to Apple stores to check if the iPhone 12 was being sold there or not. They added that if they find that the phone was still being sold despite orders of a sales halt, they would recall the phones already sold to customers.
Apple says all is under control
In response, Apple said in a statement that the iPhone 12 was certified by multiple international bodies as compliant with global radiation standards. The company also added that it has submitted various lab results conducted by Apple and third-parties that prove that the phone is compliant with the global radiation standards.
The report added that in the last two decades, researchers have been conducting studies about health risks associated with use of mobile phones and so far, as per the WHO, no “adverse health effects have so far been established as being caused by mobile phone use”.
Professor Rodney Croft, the chair of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), which sets global guidelines on the SAR limits, also told Reuters that the radiations from phones were not putting anyone at risk. Additionally, the regulatory limits on SAR have been set 10 times below where the evidence of harm was found by scientists.