Apple to Update iPhone 12 Software in France to Address Radiation Concerns

Apple's store after the sale of iPhone 12 model phones is banned in Paris, France

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Apple (APPL) reportedly intends to roll out a software update for iPhone 12 users in France after the country banned sales of iPhone 12 over radiation concerns.

Key Takeaways

  • Apple reportedly plans to update its software for iPhone 12 users in France.
  • The move comes after France banned sales of the model after the country's radiation watchdog highlighted concerns.
  • French authorities may allow iPhone 12 sales to resume after the model is tested again.

Earlier this week, France had halted sales of the iPhone 12 after tests by its radiation watchdog, Agence Nationale des Frequences (ANFR), found that the model emitted higher radiation levels than permitted in France. Other European countries also flagged similar concerns.

While welcoming Apple's move, the French authorities suggested the model will be tested again after the software update before allowing iPhone 12 sales to resume.

The software update is only being rolled out in France, after Apple contested the potential health risks posed by the iPhone 12, arguing that the radiation findings resulted from ANFR's testing regime, and are not a safety concern.

The World Health Organization claims "no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use.”

Apple shares were down about 0.44% as of 11 a.m. ET on Friday, and have gained 34% year-to-date.



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  1. Reuters. "Apple to update iPhone 12 software in France to settle radiation row."

  2. ANFR. “Temporary withdrawal from the market of the iPhone 12 for non-compliance with EU regulation.”

  3. BBC. "Apple to update iPhone 12 in France over radiation."

  4. World Health Organization. "Electromagnetic fields and public health: mobile phones."

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