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Independent researchers discovered that the popular Apple iPhone 11 omits radiofrequency radiation at levels that could be harmful to users. Popular Mechanics reported that RF Exposure Lab, an independent radiation lab based in California, tested an iPhone 11 and discovered the phone’s radiation levels were far higher than Apple Inc. initially reported. The phone’s radiation levels were twice as high as federal regulatory limits. Radiofrequency radiation is a possible carcinogen, and excess exposure has been linked to numerous physical, mental, behavioral, and sexual problems. While no iPhone 11 radiation lawsuit has been filed against Apple, the tech manufacturer has faced similar iPhone radiation lawsuits in the past due to high radiation emittance from previous iPhone models.
RF Exposure Lab researchers found that the iPhone 11 omits radiofrequency radiation (rf) levels over two times higher than the limit deemed safe by federal agencies. The lab found that the phone exposes users to a Specific Absorption Rate, the amount of radiofrequency radiation the body absorbs, of 3.8 watts per kilogram. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) deemed the maximum safe exposure rate to be 1.6 watts per kilogram.
The lab’s research shows that iPhone 11 users could be exposed to excessive levels of radiofrequency radiation. With increased public concern over the consequences of rf exposure, scientists and researchers are studying how radiofrequency radiation from smartphones affects humans. Current findings indicate that radiation is linked to:
Researchers continue to work to determine if cell phone radiofrequency radiation exposure can cause cancer in humans.
With an estimated 5 billion mobile phone users worldwide, there has been increased concern about adverse health effects that result from radiofrequency radiation exposure. The World Health Organization (WHO) classified radiofrequency radiation as a possible carcinogen to humans. The WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer discovered that exposure to excess radiofrequency radiation from cell phones coincided with increased risks for glioma, a malignant brain cancer. However, WHO officials gave rf radiation a 2b classification, meaning evidence of its carcinogenic properties is limited but worth monitoring. Studies conducted by the National Institutes of Health displayed “clear evidence” that rf radiation exposure causes cancer in animals.
There are several reasons that could explain why the iPhone 11’s radiofrequency radiation levels tested well above FCC regulatory limits. Popular Mechanics discovered that smartphone testing is self-regulated. This means that the manufacturer selects a phone to give to an independent lab to be tested, and then the FCC approves of the device if it passes.
The FCC’s guidelines themselves are also decades old and were set before mobile phones were on the market. The FCC also used testing that isn’t reflective of modern-day cell phone use when setting a specific absorption rate limit of 1.6 watts per kilogram. The FCC testing placed radiation five millimeters away from the body. A cell phone in someone’s pocket is only two millimeters from that person’s skin. This means that the FCC’s tests could be significantly inaccurate.
While studies have discovered excessive levels of radiofrequency radiation emitted from the iPhone 11, there is no definitive research linking the phone to cancer diagnoses. RF Exposure Lab’s findings showed that the iPhone 11’s radiation levels were more than twice the safety limits set by the FCC. The World Health Organization notes that additional, long-term research must be conducted to adequately determine if rf radiation from smartphones does cause cancer.
Apple Inc. did not issue a formal statement regarding RF Exposure Lab’s findings. Company representatives directed a Forbes journalist to the company’s iPhone 11 Pro RF Exposure Information page, which states:
“iPhone has been tested and meets applicable limits for radio frequency (RF) exposure.
Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) refers to the rate at which the body absorbs RF energy. The SAR limit is 1.6 watts per kilogram in countries that set the limit averaged over 1 gram of tissue and 2.0 watts per kilogram in countries that set the limit averaged over 10 grams of tissue. During testing, iPhone radios are set to their highest transmission levels and placed in positions that simulate uses against the head, with no separation, and when worn or carried against the torso of the body, with 5mm separation.”
If you want to reduce your exposure to radiofrequency radiation, there are several steps and precautions you can take. While talking on the phone, hold your iPhone away from your body and head by using a speakerphone or a hands-free accessory. Instead of carrying your cell phone in your pocket, keep it in a bag or someplace away from your body. It’s important to note that the iPhone uses additional power when trying to find a reception, meaning its radiation output is higher in low-service areas. When you have low bars of service, wait to make your call until later on.
Apple also offered similar suggestions for reducing exposure to rf radiation:
“To reduce exposure to RF energy, use a hands-free option, such as the built-in speakerphone, the supplied headphones, or other similar accessories. Cases with metal parts may change the RF performance of the device, including its compliance with RF exposure guidelines, in a manner that has not been tested or certified.”
If you owned an iPhone 11 or other iPhone models and have a documented diagnosis of cancer, behavioral problems, decreased fertility, headaches, a sleep disorder, or other symptoms affiliated with iPhone 11 radiation, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at TorHoerman Law today for a free, zero-obligation consultation. At this time, TorHoerman Law is investigating the potential link between the iPhone 11 and radiation-related injuries.
If you have any additional questions about iPhone radiation lawsuits or damages from iPhone 11 radiation, please contact an experienced defective product and product liability lawyer at TorHoerman Law today.
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Roe, Sam. “We Tested Popular Cellphones for Radiofrequency Radiation. Now the FCC Is Investigating.” Chicagotribune.com, 21 Aug. 2019, www.chicagotribune.com/investigations/ct-cell-phone-radiation-testing-20190821-72qgu4nzlfda5kyuhteiieh4da-story.html.
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