Apple plans to update the iPhone12 software for users in France after the country’s regulators ordered a break on sales of the 2020 model due to radiation concerns.
“We will release a software update for users in France to adapt to the protocol used by French regulators. We look forward to the iPhone 12 continuing to be available in France,” Apple said (AAPL) the spokesperson told CNN on Friday.
The National Frequency Agency, ANFR, on Tuesday ordered the immediate withdrawal of the iPhone 12 from the French market, estimating that it exceeded European limits for exposure to radiation. The ANFR also ruled that for iPhone 12s already in use, Apple must adopt “all necessary corrective measures to bring the phones into compliance as quickly as possible”, under penalty of recalling the devices.
Apple told CNN on Friday that the suspension of sales was linked “to a specific testing protocol used by French regulators and not to a security problem”.
“Since its introduction in 2020, iPhone 12 has been certified and recognized as meeting or exceeding all applicable SAR regulations and standards worldwide,” Apple said.
SAR is a measure of the rate of energy absorption by the body from the measured source, according to the French regulator. But experts and regulators generally say do not worry.
“After discussions and at the request of the ANFR, Apple assured me that it would deploy an update for the iPhone 12 in the coming days,” the French minister responsible for the digital economy declared on X, Jean-Noël Barrot. Twitter, Friday.
The French regulator is preparing to quickly test this update, “which will ultimately bring the model into compliance with the European standards applied in France” and subsequently allow Apple to resume its sales, he said. he adds.
The sales suspension came the same day Apple unveiled the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro, its latest iterations of the iconic product, at its annual conference. main event in California.