Empowering Change: iPhone 12 Awaits Legalization in France

iOS 17.1 introduces an important update, ensuring the iPhone 12 adheres to the electromagnetic emission test standards set by France. Back in September, France temporarily banned iPhone 12 sales following tests conducted by Agence Nationale des fréquences (ANFR). It is the nation’s regulator of radio-frequency emissions.

ANFR tested 141 phones tested for their Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) and found that the iPhone 12 surpasses the legally authorized on-body emission limit.

The term “Specific Absorption Rate” (SAR) refers to how much energy from radio-frequency electromagnetic fields the human body can absorb. Every phone must stay within defined limits, which vary by country. In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates these standards.

The iPhone 12 does meet on-body SAR restrictions when it is in use or carried. This is because it features on-body detection and decreases its transmission power consequently. Apple pointed out that the ANFR does not test them in that situation.
Furthermore, ANFR’s testing protocol requires meeting on-body SAR limits, even during off-body tests on a static surface.

iPhone 12 Awaits Legalization in France

Despite Apple’s explanation, the iPhone 12 was withdrawn from the French market, coinciding with Apple’s decision to discontinue its sales, and other European countries closely monitored this situation.

Apple informed Reuters in September of ongoing efforts to devise a software solution. This solution enables the iPhone 12 to meet the specific ANFR test criteria. Now, again on September 29th, French regulators granted approval, and this remedy will be integrated into iOS 17.1.

This development brings satisfaction all around. The iPhone 12 now aligns with ANFR’s on-body emission standards during off-body testing. This enables Apple to resume the sale of a previously discontinued product. This entire episode serves as a valuable lesson for everyone involved. However, timely disclosure of any unsafe electromagnetic emissions, if present, would have been preferable.

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Aliha Zulfiqar
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