What you need to know
- A report from The Chicago Tribune claims many popular smartphones exceed safe radiofrequency radiation limits.
- Apple responded to the report, saying its devices are in compliance with regulations.
- The FCC confirmed it will investigate the Tribune's findings.
A new report from The Chicago Tribune claims many popular iPhone models exceed safe radiofrequency radiation limits. In fact, the report implies that Apple lied to federal regulators about the radiofrequency radiation emitted from a device like the iPhone 7.
According to the Tribune, which commissioned the testing at an accredited lab, the iPhone 7 measured double over the legal safety limit, with some data showing more than double what Apple reported to federal regulators.
The Tribune was transparent about how it conducted it tests, although it admitted that the testing was limited in scope:
In response to the Tribune's report, Apple released a short statement, saying that the company's devices are in compliance with guidelines set by regulators:
Apple's iPhone wasn't the only device that exceeded safe radiofrequency radiation limits, according to the Tribune. Samsung's Galaxy S8, when tested at 2 millimeters from the simulated body, also exceeded safe limits. Samsung responded to the Tribune's report by saying its devices comply with Federal Communication Commission (FCC) regulations.
The Tribune said the lab where testing was conducted created "what was essentially a worst-case scenario in terms of radiofrequency radiation exposure," meaning the conditions aren't typical for the average consumer. The paper noted it's unclear whether radiofrequency radiation from modern smartphones causes harm.
The FCC said it plans to perform more testing over the next few months to determine if the devices tested by the Tribune meet safety standards.
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