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  • Writer's pictureJamal Saafir

France Apple iPhone 12 Experiences Questionable Radiation Test Results

According to a report from Reuters, the Dutch digital watchdog is looking into a French report stating Apple's iPhone 12 model exceeds European Union radiation exposure limits and will seek an explanation from the U.S.-based company, according to an official quoted by the daily Algemeen Dagblad.

France's Agence Nationale des Fréquences (ANFR) told Apple on Tuesday to halt iPhone12 sales in France after tests that it said showed the phone's Specific Absorption Rate (SAR)- a gauge of the rate of radiofrequency energy absorbed by the body from a piece of equipment - was higher than legally allowed.

"A norm has been exceeded. Fortunately, there is no acute safety risk but we will very shortly have a talk with the producer," Angeline van Dijk, an inspector with the Nederlandse Rijksinspectie Digitale Infrastructuur (RDI), told the Dutch newspaper.

"The Netherlands attaches as much importance as France to safe use of mobile phones. Mobile phones must comply with European norms."

Germany's network regulator BNetzA said it may begin similar proceedings and was in direct contact with French authorities, while Spain's OCU consumers' group compelled authorities there to cease sales of the iPhone 12.

According to Reuters, Apple said in a statement that the iPhone 12, launched in 2020, was certified by multiple international bodies as compliant with global radiation standards and 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.

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