Investigate will take place after the Chicago Tribune has tested several smartphones to detect radio frequency (RF) radiation. The newspaper has discovered something that could be alarming; The RF radiation emitted by Apple’s iPhone 7 has not only exceeded the legal security limit, but it has also been twice the amount of radiation that Apple’s tests have shown that the device is leaking. This is based on filings to federal regulators made by the company.
The Tribune notes that the FCC claims on its website that any approved phone for sale will never exceed the maximum level of radiation exposure considered safe. However, Tribune tested four iPhone 7 units and all the radiation filtered above that level. The FCC responded to the Tribune data by stating that it would start conducting its own tests in the next two months.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Had The Worst Phone Score Measured At a Distance Of 2mm
Tribune has tested 11 different phones, including iPhone 7, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy J3, Moto E5 Play, Moto G6 Play, Moto E5, and BLU Vivo 5 Mini. Each of the phones was tested to see the amount of RF radiation filtered at 2 mm, 5 mm, 10 mm and up to 15 mm away. The 2 mm test was a dome to simulate the radiation a person could receive if he put the phone in the pocket of shirt or trousers. The Tribune states that at that distance, most of the devices tested far exceeded the limits of RF radiation. The Tribune recommends smartphone owners to refrain from carrying their phones in their pockets. Because the standards for testing mobile phones to detect RF radiation were created in the 1990s when people used them with a belt clip, FCC allows you to test new phones for remote radiation up to 25 mm away.
The radiation limit of the FCC is 1.6 watts per kilogram of average on a gram of tissue. The tests reported by Tribune found that the iPhone 7 exceeded this limit when tested at 2 mm and 5 mm away. In many of the tests, the phone’s radiation level was double what the FCC considers safe. The iPhone 8 Plus fell below the 1.6 W / kg figure during its tests, while the Samsung Galaxy S9 worked well at a distance of 15 mm, but failed at a distance of 2 mm.
The worst score of 8.22 W / kg belonged to the Samsung Galaxy S8 which produced this amount of RF radiation at a distance of 2 mm. Some Apple and Motorola phones have undergone a second series of modified tests based on comments from the respective manufacturers; Based on these results, the Moto G6 Play worked very well (.25 W / kg of 5 mm and .53 W / kg of 2 mm). The BLU Vivo 5 mini radiation tests were also performed below the FCC limits.
When Tribune presented the results to Apple, the company told the newspaper how to activate the sensors on iPhone 7 that reduce the power of the device. But even after making the change, this model still emitted too much RF radiation. Apple has issued a statement stating that the Tribune tests were not accurate because the test setup was not compliant with the procedures necessary to properly evaluate iPhone models. All iPhone models, including iPhone 7, are fully certified by FCC and in all other countries where the iPhone is sold After a careful review and subsequent validation of all the iPhone models tested in the report (Tribune), we confirm that we respect and respect all … guidelines and exposure limits.
Samsung responded to the tests by stating the following: “Samsung devices sold in the United States comply with FCC regulations. Our devices are tested according to the same test protocols that are used across the industry.”
Although it is not clear whether exposure to RF radiation can cause problems for humans, at high levels it can heat the tissue. Those who are most at risk are the eyes and the testicles because they do not disperse the heat well. You will recall that last year, a study by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIH) / National Toxicology Program (NTP) found that male mice with cellular radiation had a slight increase in the appearance of a rare heart tumor The fact that the test showed no clear connection between mobile phones and cancer as evidenced by the actions of the medical director of the American Cancer Society, Dr. Otis Brawley. Dr. Brawley told reporters: “I am actually holding my cellphone up to my ear.”
While the RF radiation of new phone must be tested before it can be launched in the US. The manufacturer can choose the test laboratory. Worse, only one unit must pass the test to sell millions of more than a particular model.
(Via: Chicago Tribune)
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