iPhone 12 SAR-lowering software update approved by French authorities. The iPhone 15 series has dominated the previous 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 producing electromagnetic waves at levels that were greater than permitted.
As a result, the regulator forbade Apple from selling the product locally and demanded Cupertino release a software upgrade. 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.
iPhone 12 SAR-lowering software update approved by French authorities
According to the press release, Apple is now responsible for providing the latest update to all iPhone 12 customers in France. The SAR of the iPhone 12 was determined to be 5.74 W/kg prior to the most recent upgrade, exceeding the EU guideline of 4.0 W/kg for a device kept in a pocket.
It should be emphasized that testing procedures in France are different from those in other nations since they involve SAR tests for limbs, which the iPhone 12 failed (i.e., holding the phone in the hand). Intriguingly, the French agency adopted its new SAR for limbs testing procedures in 2020, the same year that the iPhone 12 was originally released, despite not being over the SAR criteria.