The iPhone 12 and Exceeding the SAR Threshold: What are the Implications?

Yesterday, Apple received a notification from the ANFR (National Frequency Agency) informing it that the iPhone 12 exceeded the specific absorption rate (SAR) threshold. This news raises important questions about the emission of electromagnetic waves and compliance with legal standards. The minister specified that the SAR of the iPhone 12 was 5.7 watts per kilogram, while the legal threshold is 4 W/kg. In this article, we'll take a closer look at this situation and its implications.

Understanding the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR)

SAR, or specific absorption rate, is a key measurement used to assess the amount of radio frequency energy absorbed by the human body when using a radio transmitting device, such as a smartphone. It is expressed in watts per kilogram (W/kg) and was introduced to protect the health of users.

ANFR’s Concerns

ANFR played a crucial role in reporting that Apple was not meeting the legal SAR limit for the iPhone 12. A SAR above the regulatory threshold raises concerns about potential health effects on users, although evidence scientific remains debated.

Apple's reaction

Apple quickly reacted to this notification by removing the iPhone 12 from its catalog. This decision shows the company's commitment to upholding standards and ensuring the safety of its customers. It is important to note that Apple is currently working closely with ANFR to resolve this issue.

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The Implications for Consumers

This withdrawal of the iPhone 12 from the market raises important questions for consumers. Those who already own an iPhone 12 should not be directly affected, as the notification mainly concerns future purchases. However, it is crucial to follow developments closely to know when and how Apple will reintroduce this model to the French market.


ANFR's announcement regarding the iPhone 12's SAR threshold being exceeded highlights the importance of compliance with safety standards for electronic devices. Consumers need to be informed of the implications of these decisions, and it is essential to continue to monitor the situation to see how it develops in the coming months.

In the meantime

Until the situation regarding the iPhone 12 and its SAR threshold violation is resolved, it is essential to take steps to protect your health. Get our anti-wave case specially designed for iPhone 12. This case will help you reduce your exposure to radio frequencies while still enjoying the features of your favorite smartphone. The safety of our customers is our priority, and we encourage you to take preventative measures to protect yourself. Stay informed of future developments in this situation and take care of yourself and your well-being.

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