FRANCE SAYS IPHONE 12 EMITS DANGEROUS LEVELS OF RADIATION, HALTS ALL SALES
The biggest iPhone news this week is all about the announcement of the latest iteration of Apple’s popular phone line, the iPhone 15. If you have a news feed, it’s kind of impossible to ignore. But there’s some rather strange news coming out of France. Evidently, just yesterday French regulated halted all sales of the iPhone 12, saying they had a concern of more than legal levels of radiation. Um, what? This is a head scratcher, as the iPhone 12 has been on the market since it was released three years ago, in October 2020.
IF APPLE DOESN’T ADRESS ISSUE, AND FAST, FRANCE THREATENS RECALL OF ALL IPHONE 12 DEVICES
But the French aren’t messing around with this “concern,” saying they were sending agents to all Apple Stores to confirm sales had stopped, and that they would mandate a recall of all iPhone 12 devices if Apple doesn’t fix the radiation problem. This is where I again say: Um, what? Apple, of course, says that all the phones it makes comply with international guidelines. So what are these guidelines? Essentially, a cell phone’s “specific absorption rate,” or how many electromagnetic waves the human body absorbs (from the iPhone 12, in this case). So what might this really be about, 3 years after this phone has been on the market?
ODDLY, FRANCE ALSO SAYS THAT A SIMPLE “SOFTWARE UPDATE” COULD FIX THE RADIATION PROBLEM
Well, for one thing, the European Union radiation standards are lower than in Asia and North America. In fact, they are “ten times lower” than the amount of radiation could pose a danger to owners. You might recall a number of years ago, when some scientists said your cell phone was irradiating you. Then the concern simply disappeared from major discourse. But to make this situation even more confusing, French officials say that a “software update” could fix the problem. Apple, apparently, has two weeks to respond, then France may recall all iPhone 12 devices in circulation.