Apple is ordered to show tests that prove radiation levels emitted by iPhones

Apple is ordered to show tests that prove radiation levels emitted by iPhones

After months of working in “silence”, the imbroglio involving the radiation level emitted by iPhones again disturbed the legal sector of the Cupertino giant. This time, the judge William Alsup ordered Apple to deliver its tests sent to the United States Federal Communications Commission (Federal Communications Commission, or FCC) to prove to consumers that these limits are within the law.

According to a report by Law360, the plaintiffs (ie, the consumers themselves) requested that the case go to the jury, claiming that Apple “defied a court decision” by failing to deliver a document provided to the FCC before the agency concluded that the iPhones did not pose a risk as to the radiation emission.

THE RF Exposure Lab, California, tested the iPhone 11 Pro and found that the gadget exposes users to a Specific Absorption Rate (Specific Absorption Rate, or SAR) of 3.8W / kg, with the limit set by the FCC being 1.6W / kg. The tests were carried out using the agency’s guidelines, with the phone 5mm away from a mannequin designed to simulate human tissue – if the device is closer, such as in the pocket, for example, the exposure may increase even more, according to the company .

Ryan McCaughey, technical director of Penumbra Brands (a company focused on the security of technological devices), commented on the results of the laboratory:

Smartphone users should be concerned about exposure to RF radiation. The test shows that the iPhone 11 Pro potentially exposes people to more than double what the FCC considers safe. Cell phone testing is self-regulating – the manufacturer provides a phone to an independent laboratory for testing, and if the phone passes, the FCC approves the device for release. However, when we purchased a “ready-to-use” iPhone and tested it in the same way, RF Exposure Lab found that it failed the FCC safety limit.

It is worth remembering that it all started in August 2019, when the Chicago Tribune tested, on its own, the radiation emission in smartphones. The results, of course, worried users, since they were higher than those classified as safe by the FCC. Since then, Apple has denied that its devices go beyond the security index, starting judicial red tape.

Apple has not yet responded to the request for justice, but it certainly won’t be long before we see the next chapters of this situation.

via Apple World Today