Apple and Samsung Sued over Phones Exceeding Radiofrequency Radiation Safety Levels

A couple of months back we had covered an article that claimed iPhone 7 radiation levels were exceeding safety level. Now a Chicago-based law firm has sued both Apple and Samsung. The lawsuit is based on recent reports obtained after independent testing.

It all started when the Chicago Tribune published a report of independent testing. The results showed that most of the popular smartphones far exceeded radiation safety levels. As far as the tests are concerned, it was conducted by an accredited lab that tested smartphones in accordance with federal guidelines.

Apple had rubbished the claims and said that the results were inaccurate. The company insisted that the results were not accurate due to “due to the test setup not being in accordance with procedures necessary to properly assess the ‌iPhone‌ models.”

All ‌‌iPhone‌‌ models, including ‌‌iPhone‌‌ 7, are fully certified by the FCC and in every other country where ‌‌iPhone‌‌ is sold,” the statement said. “After careful review and subsequent validation of all ‌‌iPhone‌‌ models tested in the (Tribune) report, we confirmed we are in compliance and meet all applicable … exposure guidelines and limits.

Moving on, Fegan Scott is an FCC accredited lab which means there are fewer chances that results are inaccurate or there is some sort of fishy business. The tests were conducted in line with federal guidelines and were also conducted on other phones to establish accuracy. The Apple iPhone 7 was made to operate at the full tower and was immersed in clear liquid. The liquid is created such that it will simulate human tissue. A thin probe was sent into the water in order to measure the amount of radiofrequency the liquid is absorbing from the smartphone.

Our Take

If the allegations are proved true, then Apple needs to a potential deal with yet another crisis and so do the other guilty smartphone manufacturers. However, at this point in time, smartphone manufacturers have the benefit of the doubt. Let us hope FCC gets to work and verify the independent results.

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[via Business Wire]