iPhone 12 SAR-lowering software update approved by French authorities

Suji Sugathan
Sep 30, 2023

The iPhone 15 series has dominated the past two weeks, but the three-year-old iPhone 12 has just experienced an odd development in France.

The National Frequency Agency (ANFR) discovered that the stock iPhone 12 was emitting electromagnetic waves at levels that were greater than permitted.

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As a result, the regulator forbade Apple from selling the product locally and demanded Cupertino release a software upgrade.

Apple's Response to iPhone 12 Radiation Concerns in France

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According to a recent ANFR report, the regulator has finally given the go-ahead for Apple's iPhone 12 software update (version 4.06.02), which according to testing by the French agency reduced Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) values to 3.94W/kg.

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According to the press release, Apple is now responsible for providing the new update to all iPhone 12 customers in France.

The SAR of the iPhone 12 was found to be 5.74 W/kg prior to the most recent upgrade, exceeding the EU guideline of 4.0 W/kg for a device placed in a pocket.

apple: French authorities get Apple software update after iPhone 12 dispute  - The Economic Times

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It is important to note that testing procedures in France are different from those in other nations because they involve SAR tests for limbs (holding the phone in the hand), which the iPhone 12 cannot pass. Intriguingly, the French agency introduced its new SAR for limbs testing procedures in 2020, the same year that the iPhone 12 was originally released, despite not being above the SAR criteria.

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It has been requested that Apple release this update to all of the EU's member states, including Belgium, Germany, and Italy, but it is unclear if Apple will do so for the other nations besides France.

  • iPhone
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 SAR-lowering software
  • Approved by French authorities

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