The Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) has requested this week the withdrawal of the iPhone 12 of Spain for apparently failing to comply with electromagnetic radiation limits permitted in the European Union (EU). The order, which is temporary, arrives after France will stop sales of the Apple device for the same reason.
The Cupertino company says that the iPhone 12, like its other phones, have been certified by a variety of international organizations. Laboratory measurements carried out by the firm led by Tim Cook, they say, have shown levels of electromagnetic radiation consistent with those currently permitted.
The iPhone 12 and electromagnetic radiation
The OCU explains in a statement that seeks to promote the measure adopted by the French country in Spain. Since his position is based entirely in data obtained in Francethe organization has also requested that the Spanish and European authorities confirm and validate the electromagnetic wave emission parameters of the iPhone 12.
This scenario originates from a report by the National Frequency Agency (ANFR). The French organization has measured the specific energy absorption rate (SAR) of 141 devices and has detected that only the iPhone 12 exceeds the limits allowed by the EU. The maximum limit for the extremities is 4 W/kg.
According to data obtained in French laboratory tests, Apple smart devices launched on the market in 2020 have obtained 5.74 W/kg. As we can see, it exceeds the allowed limit. Of course, both the ANFR and the OCU in Spain point out that these values do not necessarily imply a health risk.
The EU’s electromagnetic safety limits are 50 times lower than those that may raise suspicion. However, in France they have not hesitated to implement preventive actions and have requested that Apple “immediately adopt all necessary measures to prevent the iPhone 12 from being available on the market.”
Likewise, they have asked the American manufacturer to also implement corrective measures so that the phones that are currently in use “are in compliance” with current regulations. If it does not comply with the request, it has been warned that the company will have to withdraw its equipment from the French market.
Jean Noël Barrot, the French Minister of Digital Transition and Telecommunications, has suggested that a software update could address the problem. Apple, for its part, maintains that all its devices comply with current regulations, so we find two different perspectives on the matter.
In the case of Spain, as we say, the OCU wants to replicate the mechanics of France in the country. At the moment no ban has been issued by the Spanish authorities, so we have to wait to find out what will really happen. On iPhone 12, remember, it has been officially discontinued after the arrival of the iPhone 15.