France Says No to iPhone 12 Over Electromagnetic Radiation Concerns (SAR limit) 

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France has ordered Apple to halt iPhone 12 sales in the country due to excessive electromagnetic radiation emissions that exceed legal limits, surpassing EU rules.

The French agency, ANFR which regulates radio frequencies, stated that testing found the model emits more electromagnetic waves susceptible to be absorbed by the body than permitted.

The iPhone 12 failed SAR testing, as it registered a SAR value of 5.74 W/Kg when held in a hand or carried in a pocket, exceeding the EU's permissible limit of 4 W/Kg.

The regulator said the device’s SAR was 5.74 W/Kg when it was in close contact with the body - higher than the limit.

The French digital minister Jean-Noel Barrot said Apple is expected to respond within two weeks and if they fail to do so, he is prepared to order a recall of all iPhones 12 in circulation.

Apple disputes the ANFR’s review and said it had provided the regulator with lab results from Apple and third parties which show the device is compliant with all the relevant rules.

In India, the approved permissible SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) value limit for mobile phones is 1.6 W/Kg, measured over 1 gram of tissue.

The iPhone 12 is one of the most popular smartphones in the world, with more than 100 million units sold since its launch in October 2020.

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