The Cupertino-based tech giant Apple is set to release iOS 17.1 update for public on October 24. The release date was revealed on a French regulatory group’s website, ANFR, as part of Apple’s plan to address radiation levels in the iPhone 12.
“Apple has committed to deploying an update in France. This hotfix will be available to all users no later than October 24, ANFR wrote on its website.
The iPhone-maker recently confirmed that iOS 17.1 will include a small change that will lower iPhone 12 radiation levels. As per MacRumors, last month, France ordered Apple to stop selling the iPhone 12 and “fix” devices to bring them into compliance with European electromagnetic radiation standards.
The order came after the ANFR found that the iPhone 12’s Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) came in at 5.74 watts per kilogram, above the limit set by the European Union. Apple said that the ANFR made an error in its radiation tests, using a testing protocol that did not account for the off-body detection mechanism in the iPhone.
iPhones have a built-in feature that allows them to increase their transmit power when not held on the body for optimized cellular performance. According to the company, the off-body detection has been thoroughly tested and verified internationally to be an effective mechanism to comply with SAR requirements.
The US-based smartphone manufacturer claimed that iPhone 12 is safe to use and always has been. “After the iOS 17.1 update, iPhone 12 models in France will no longer increase their transmit power when the off-body state is detected, so coverage in areas where cellular signal is low may cause lower cellular performance in some use cases,” MacRumors said.
As per the report, the iOS 17.1 update brings a number of other changes to the iOS 17 operating system, including an Apple Music favorites system, support for AirDrop over the internet and new options to see bank and card balances in the Wallet app.