iOS 17.1 addresses French radiation concerns with iPhone 12
Apple has released iOS 17.1, bringing with it changes to address recent radiation concerns raised by the ANFR, the national frequency agency that manages all radio frequencies in France.
In late September, the ANFR reported that recent testing of the iPhone 12 found that the device emitted more electromagnetic waves susceptible to be absorbed by the body than permitted, with the agency calling for a ban of the iPhone 12 in France over fears for public health.
In iOS 17.1, there is a new update tailored for iPhone 12 users in France. This update addresses a particular testing protocol that necessitates reduced power when the iPhone is not in direct contact with a user and is resting on a stationary surface. As a result of this update, the iPhone 12 will no longer boost its power output when it detects that it is not in direct contact with a user, such as when it’s placed on a table. In areas where the cellular signal is weak, this adjustment in antenna transmit power might lead to a slight reduction in cellular performance in specific scenarios where the iPhone is not in contact with a user’s body.
It’s important to note that the vast majority of users are unlikely to observe any noticeable impact due to this change.
Apple first sold the iPhone 12 in France in 2020, with the device certified by multiple international bodies as compliant with global standards prior to its launch.