Earlier this week, France announced a temporary ban on sales of the iPhone 12 in the country because it exceeds established standards for electromagnetic radiation. It has now been revealed that a similar ban could be introduced in Belgium, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. Apple itself has denied the allegations and said the smartphone was certified by local regulators as a device that meets all requirements.
It is reported that at this point the Belgian regulator wants to assess what risks the iPhone 12 might pose to users’ health. Germany, Italy and the Netherlands are monitoring the situation closely and are ready to conduct their own investigations if necessary. It is noted that the Dutch telecommunications regulator has asked Apple for clarification on this issue, as well as documents that formed the basis of a temporary ban on sales of the iPhone 12 in France.
As for the violation itself, it is the SAR indicator, which determines the energy of the device’s electromagnetic field absorbed in human tissue per second. This indicator is used to measure the extent of the harmful effects of mobile devices on humans. According to the French National Frequency Agency, the SAR indicator of the iPhone 12 is 5.7 W per 1 kg with an allowable maximum of 4 W per 1 kg. Apple has two weeks to correct this minor overshoot. This can probably be achieved using the appropriate patch for the smartphone software.