iPhone 12 SAR Update: A few days ago, France’s National Frequency Agency (ANFR) banned sales of the iPhone 12 because it gives off too many electromagnetic waves, which is against EU rules. The device’s specific Absorption Rate (SAR) was higher.
ANFR gave Apple a deadline, telling them to fix the problem quickly or all iPhone 12s sold in France would be returned. As a reaction, Apple promised to send a software update to end the dispute.
Apple hasn’t said much about the update, but they’re sure it will address the worries of the French agency and work with their unique testing methods.
In France, ANFR does both head and body SAR tests and limb SAR tests to mimic real-world use, like holding the phone in your hand. The iPhone 12 didn’t pass these leg tests.
“We will give people in France a software update that works with the protocol used by French regulators. We hope that France will still be able to get the iPhone 12. It concerns a testing method French officials use and is not a safety issue.”
Belgium, Germany, and Italy officials have also asked Apple to make this fix available to everyone in the EU. The French government plans to test the iPhone 12 again once the update comes out. If it’s within the legal limits for SAR, sales will start immediately.