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What model of iPhone does France want to ban?

Answer: The iPhone 12.

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Apple has been hit with a ban and potential recall of its iPhone 12 in France due to the amount of electromagnetic waves the device emits. The French watchdog ANFR reported that its tests found the handset’s specific absorption rate (SAR), which is the rate at which the radio frequency energy emitted by a device is absorbed by the body, was above the EU’s standard limit.

The EU’s SAR limit is 4 watts per kilogram, but ANFR said its tests put the iPhone 12 at 5.74 watts per kilogram. Thus, Apple has been told to no longer sell the devices in France, and ANFR is sending agents to Apple stores in the country to confirm that it is no longer selling the device. According to The Guardian, Apple recently withdrew the iPhone 12, first released in 2020, from its product line. ANFR said that if Apple does not “deploy all available means to put an end to the non-compliance,” a recall of all iPhone 12s in circulation in the country could be ordered.

Apple has refuted the watchdog’s claim, providing multiple independent lab results demonstrating that the device complies with all global SAR standards and regulations.