Berlin, September 14 (Reuters) – The radiation concerns surrounding Apple’s iPhone 12 in Germany have prompted its network regulator to announce a thorough examination of the issue for the German market. This announcement comes as a response to France’s ongoing probe into the safety of the iPhone 12, with Germany expressing its commitment to take necessary actions if the French investigation progresses satisfactorily. Moreover, the German network regulator emphasized that the French investigation carries broader implications, serving as a guiding example for the entire European Union.
France’s Agence Nationale des Frequences (ANFR) took a bold step on Tuesday by instructing Apple to cease iPhone 12 sales within France. Their decision was based on tests indicating that the phone’s Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), a metric used to measure the rate of radiofrequency energy absorbed by the body from electronic devices, exceeded the legal limits set by French regulations.
“The Federal Network Agency is in close contact with the responsible authority in France,” the German regulator revealed, highlighting the ongoing collaboration between the two nations to address this matter.
Over the past two decades, numerous studies have been conducted to evaluate the potential health risks associated with mobile phone usage. These studies aim to assess whether the radiofrequency energy emitted by mobile devices, such as the iPhone 12, poses any harm to human health. Notably, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been actively monitoring this issue. According to the WHO’s findings, no conclusive evidence has emerged to establish adverse health effects resulting from mobile phone use.
The intersection of technology, regulation, and public health is an ongoing concern in the modern era. As nations like Germany and France grapple with the potential implications of mobile device radiation, it is clear that the results of these investigations will have significant repercussions for the tech industry and consumer safety across Europe and beyond. These developments emphasize the importance of international cooperation and vigilance in ensuring that electronic devices, such as the iPhone 12, meet safety standards and do not pose undue risks to users.