The warning in France, based on results of tests that differ from those carried out in other countries, has prompted concerns across Europe. Belgium said it would conduct its own review, while Germany said it was in touch with French authorities to find a EU-wide solution. Italy is set to ask Apple to upgrade the software on iPhone 12s there, according to a government source. The Dutch Authority for Digital Infrastructure said it was also conducting its own investigation, due in two weeks.
France’s Agence Nationale des Frequences said the iPhone 12’s Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) – a measure of the rate of radiofrequency energy absorbed by the body from a piece of equipment – was higher than legally allowed. A change in French regulations in 2020 allowed for testing SAR for limbs – holding a phone in hand – as well as for the head and body, used elsewhere. In the French limb SAR tests, which the iPhone 12 failed, it is measured at a distance of 0 mm compared with a distance of 5mm for body tests.