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In a surprising turn of events coinciding with the iPhone 15’s debut, a controversy has erupted around the iPhone 12. French regulators have imposed a ban on iPhone 12 sales, citing radiation levels that surpass legal thresholds.
Apple staunchly denies these allegations. Nevertheless, the saga continues to gain traction. According to Reuters, Belgium has now joined the fray, announcing a comprehensive assessment of potential health risks associated with the iPhone 12.
Belgium’s State Secretary emphasized his commitment to safeguarding citizens’ well-being. As reported by Reuters:
“I have promptly contacted the IBPT-BIPT (regulator) to request an analysis of the potential hazards posed by the product,” Michel stated. He further revealed that he’s urged the regulator to scrutinize not only Apple smartphones but also devices from other manufacturers in the near future.
It’s worth noting that the iPhone 12 made its debut in 2020, requiring Apple to meet rigorous radiation standards and secure international safety accreditation before its release.
Nonetheless, the ban in France has triggered a ripple effect across Europe. German regulators are reportedly conducting their own investigation, and a Spanish consumer advocacy group is actively campaigning for the removal of the device from the market.
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Conveniently, Apple recently halted sales of the iPhone 12. With the introduction of the iPhone 15, the previous generation models have shuffled down the pricing hierarchy, leaving the oldest model, the iPhone 12, out of the lineup. This move may either quell or further fan the flames of radiation-related conspiracy theories.
Despite numerous studies conducted over the years, it’s crucial to reiterate that there is no scientific evidence supporting the notion that smartphone radiation levels have any adverse effects on human health.