Apple and Samsung were both sued for Handset RF Emissions, in the US. The lawsuit mentions iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, and iPhone X from Apple, and Galaxy Note 8 and S8 from Samsung. The harmful levels of radio frequency (RF) the companies’ devices might be emitting are still undetermined, while the class-action suit is filed and is being currently revised by the US District Court for the Northern District of California.
The suit claims that the Apple and Samsung devices actually emit a level that exceeds the legal limit set for RF by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The mentioned devices are all named in the process, while the Chicago Tribune launched a separate investigation that also found that “radio-frequency radiation exposure from the iPhone 7 measured over the legal safety limit and more than double against what Apple had reported to federal regulators from its own testing”.
The filing from the court states that: “Numerous recent scientific publications, supported by hundreds of scientists worldwide, have shown that RF radiation exposure affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines. Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders and negative impacts on general well-being in humans.”
The lawsuit elaboration is also followed by an explanation about a general confusion with the maximum Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) for cell phones. SAR represents the rate measured of the body RF energy absorption from a specific source, like a cell phone, Smartphone, or other – according to FCC guidelines.
The confusion revolves around people thinking that lover value SAR phones are less risky for FR emission exposure which is wrong the FCC says. Their set safety limit is 1.6 watts per kilogram (1.6w/kg).
Apple has had FR exposure declarations and info released on a regular basis, but since the iPhone 7 quit the practice, in this case, it works against them. However, all iPhone models, including the mentioned ones in the suit, are certified in full by the FCC in by every other country included in the market. Apple said: “We are in compliance and meet all applicable exposure guidelines and limits” while Samsung has yet to answer to the development.