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French authorities have announced that they have received from Apple a software update for iPhone 12 phones that solves the problem of increased radio wave emissions. This was reported by Reuters on Tuesday, citing a source from the digital ministry in Paris.
The US tech company has promised to update software to resolve a row over radiation levels after a new type of test found breaches in radiation exposure norms, prompting France to halt sales of iPhone 12 phones.
Apple has offered an update for France to remove suspicion from the iPhone12
Apple disputed the findings, saying the model had been certified by multiple international bodies as compliant with global standards, but said on September 15 it would issue a software update to adapt the phone to the testing methods used in France.
Researchers have conducted a vast number of studies over the past two decades to assess the health risks of cell phones. According to the World Health Organization, no adverse health effects caused by them have been identified.
But the radiation warning in France, based on test results that differed from those carried out in other countries, raised concerns in Europe and other countries, including Belgium, which also asked to benefit from the software upgrade.
Industry experts said there were no safety risks because regulatory limits based on the risk of burns or heatstroke from the phone’s radiation were set well below levels where scientists found evidence of harm.
Meanwhile, Apple released the 15th version of the iPhone in mid-September, and the iPhone 12 can no longer be purchased directly from the company, but only from middlemen who have stocked up and trade in second-hand phones.
“Apple” presented the new “iPhone 15”
It would have been a bigger problem for the company if it had had to recall the problematic model, which France had threatened to do when it refused to do a software update, Reuters said.