French regulators halt all sales of Apple iPhone 12 due to “above-threshold radiation levels”
By Ethan Huff // Sep 15, 2023

A popular smartphone from Apple is now banned in France after regulators there determined that it emits "above-threshold radiation levels."

The iPhone 12 model "emits more electromagnetic waves susceptible to be absorbed by the body than permitted," announced the ANFR, France's radiation regulatory agency, in a statement this week.

In conjunction with the announcement, the ANFR notified Apple of the decision after tests showed that the smartphone's Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) is just slightly higher than what is legally allowed in France.

According to Jean-Noel Barrot, a member of parliament (MP) in France, the problem can probably be fixed with a simple software update.

"Apple is expected to respond within two weeks," Barrot said about the matter. "If they fail to do so, I am prepared to order a recall of all iPhones 12 in circulation. The rule is the same for everyone, including the digital giants."

(Related: Remember back in 2012 when Apple banned a cell phone radiation detection app from its App Store? The smartphone giant does not want people knowing how dangerous its products are.)

Imagine if U.S. regulators took radioactive threats seriously instead of just pandering to big corporations like Apple all the time?

The ANFR's accredited labs found that in tests the absorption of electromagnetic energy by the body was around 5.74 watts per kilogram, this when simulating the phone being held in a person's hand or kept in a pocket.

At the current time, the European standard for specific absorption rate is capped at 4.0 watts per kilogram, which puts the iPhone 12 above the legal limit.

"Concerning phones already sold, Apple must in the briefest of delays take corrective measures to bring the affected phones into compliance," the ANFR said in a statement.

"Otherwise, Apple will have to recall them."

One wonders how the iPhone 13, 14, and the soon-to-be released 15, would hold up in similar tests. It turns out that Apple first started selling the iPhone 12 in 2020 without publishing its SAR radiation levels.

It appears as though Apple knew its iPhone 12 model exceeded the SAR radiation level limits in Europe, and thus conveniently failed to publish the appropriate data alongside the device's release.

"This was back in 2020. At the height of this fake pandemic," noted one tech site about the suspicious timing of the iPhone 12's release.

In the comments, numerous people noted that most smartphones emit dangerous levels of radiation that people need to be aware about before they purchase them.

"The iPhone 12 seems to be cookin' the noggin more than what's agreed to be acceptable," one wrote. "Not surprising as you should generally keep your phone away from your head and body anyway since RF travels through the body."

Another wrote that children are especially susceptible to radioactive poisoning because they have thinner skulls and smaller bodies than adults, and are thus far more vulnerable to radiation damage.

"No one should have a source of electromagnetic radiation next to their head," this person added.

"You KNOW that it has to emit electromagnetic radiation to send signals to the cell towers. That is energy that penetrates your body and its cells as well. Enough of that hitting your DNA will have consequences sooner or later. That is only common sense."

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