What you need to know
- Apple and Samsung are being sued for radiation levels in their phones.
- The law firm claims that both companies knowingly released devices with unsafe radiation levels.
- Apple had refuted earlier claims saying that the testing that was done was inaccurate.
Chicago-based law firm FeganScott has levied a lawsuit against both Apple and Samsung, claiming that both companies have released smartphones that "far exceeded the federal limits" of radiofrequency radiation levels. Reported by Macrumors, the basis for the lawsuit began in August when the Chicago Tribune launched its own investigation into the radiofrequency radiation of popular smartphones that found that some iPhone models exceeded acceptable levels.
The firm enlisted the help of an FCC-accredited lab and tested the iPhone 8 at distances ranging from zero to 10 millimeters from the body. When tested at two millimeters, the iPhone 8 reached radiation levels more than "twice the federal exposure limit". At zero millimeters, the "iPhone 8 was five times more than the federal exposure limit". The firm had ordered tests for iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, and iPhone X.
Apple had responded to the Chicago Tribute report, saying that the testing that was done is inaccurate "due to the test setup not being in accordance with procedures necessary to properly assess the iPhone models."
Apple has not yet responded to the lawsuit brought forth by FeganScott. The law firm says that the lawsuit aims to prove that both Apple and Samsung were aware of unacceptable radiation levels when they released certain products to the public.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.