Apple should stop selling the iPhone 12 in France due to above-threshold levels of radiation, according to an assistant minister of the French digital economy, writes Reuters with reference to the newspaper Le Parisien.

The French national frequency agency ANFR has notified Apple of its decision to ban sales of the iPhone 12 after conducting tests that showed that the specific absorption rate (SAR) of the smartphone was slightly higher than allowed by law, Jean-Noel Barreau told the publication.

Barro said a software update might be enough to fix the radiation issues with the smartphone, which the US company has been selling since 2020.

“Apple is expected to respond within two weeks”, he said, adding: “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.”

The European Union has set limits on the specific absorption rate associated with exposure to mobile phones, which, according to scientific studies, can increase the risk of developing certain forms of cancer.

The French supervisory authority will now pass on its findings to regulators in other EU member states.

“In practical terms, this decision could have a snowball effect”, said Barrot.

In 2020, France expanded the rules requiring retailers to indicate the electromagnetic radiation values of products on packaging. This applies to mobile phones, tablets, and other electronic devices.

Yesterday, Apple presented smartphones iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus.