Apple issues iPhone 12 software update to accommodate radiation testing methods used in France

French authorities have received a software update from Apple for its iPhone 12 and are reviewing it as a fix for a radiation issue, a source at the French digital ministry told Reuters on Tuesday.

iPhone 12
iPhone 12


Apple pledged to update the software to defuse a row over radiation levels from iPhone 12 handsets, after France suspended sales of the phones earlier this month following tests it said found breaches of radiation exposure limits.

Apple had earlier contested the French findings, saying the iPhone 12 was certified by multiple international bodies as compliant with global standards, but said on Sept. 15 it would issue a software update to accommodate the testing methods used in France.

The radiation warning in France was based on results of tests that differ from those carried out in other countries.

Industry experts said there were no safety risks as regulatory limits, based on the risk of burns or heatstroke from the phone’s radiation, were set well below levels where scientists have found evidence of harm.

Apple launched the iPhone 15 earlier this month and the iPhone 12 is not available to buy from Apple directly. It can, however, be bought from third parties that have inventory, or trade old phones.

MacDailyNews Take: When your iPhone 12 doesn’t connect to cell towers in France and whatever other EU vassal states join this misguided farce, blame French government doofuses, not Apple.
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Apple no longer sells the iPhone 12, including in France [although some third parties still do sell used units], which was released nearly four years ago on October 23, 2020 and discontinued on September 12, 2023.
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Ah, the wondrous expediency of government bureaucrats.
MacDailyNews, September 13, 2023

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