The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently scrutinizing reports suggesting that iPhone 12 may emit potentially harmful radiation levels. This development follows the temporary suspension of iPhone 12 sales in Europe due to safety concerns.
Previous studies have hinted at the possibility of health risks associated with exposure to radiation from mobile phones, including cancer and fertility issues.
However, these findings have been met with skepticism by many researchers who argue the tests were conducted on animals and required extremely high exposure levels to cause any harm.
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Maria Feychting, a professor of epidemiology at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, stated, “Currently there is no strong evidence that exposure to electromagnetic fields during mobile phone use is associated with adverse health effects.”
She did, however, acknowledge the need for further research, particularly concerning the higher frequencies used by 5G technology.
In France, regulators discovered that the iPhone 12 emitted radiation levels 40% above permissible levels when placed next to a human body. This finding led to the temporary halt of iPhone 12 sales in the country.
Despite this, French digital minister Jean-Noel Barrot emphasized the device’s radiation levels were significantly lower than those that could potentially cause harm according to scientific studies. He also suggested a software update could rectify the issue.
Apple responded to these concerns by stating its devices comply with global standards. The company plans to issue a software update specifically for users in France to align with the testing protocol used by French regulators.
Apple clarified this action was related to the specific testing protocol and not a safety concern.
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The iPhone 12, first released in September 2020, sold over 100 million units worldwide. Despite this, Apple is now looking to phase out the model following the release of the iPhone 15.
The FDA, in a statement to the Daily Mail, said it was reviewing the available information regarding the radiation concerns associated with the iPhone 12. The agency, however, refrained from commenting on specific studies or test results.
Instead, it stated it evaluates them as part of the body of evidence to further its understanding of a particular issue and assist in its mission to protect public health.
While Apple has assured its devices are safe, the FDA’s ongoing review underscores the importance of ensuring consumer safety in an era increasingly dominated by technology.