Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus is bigger, but this is no excuse for Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) radiation exposure levels that are only .01 under the FCC’s legal limit of 1.6 watts per kilogram (W/kg).
Although Apple’s phones are catching up to Android’s in terms of size, Apple is still nowhere near catching up with Samsung in regards to phone radiation safety. The new CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, holds the same position on cell phone radiation as did the late Steve Jobs.
A pioneering company named Tawkon developed an application to measure the amount of radiation coming from your iPhone.
It’s a well known fact that Steve Jobs himself, made it clear he was not interested in having this application in the Apple app store which alerted iPhone users of excessive exposure to potentially cancer causing cell phone radiation.
Contrary to reality, Apple wants consumers to believe the new iPhone 6 Plus is a device that can improve your health. The newest iPhones offer a variety of new features including Health Kit software to power fitness apps on what could be Apple’s highest radiation cell phones to date.
According to Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D. School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, “the minimum separation distance that the iPhone 6 should be kept from the body is approximately two-tenths of an inch (i.e., 5 millimeters)”. This minimum distance from the iPhone is important because if the iPhone is closer — you may exceed — the FCC’s safe levels of microwave radiation absorption.
To reduce exposure to microwave radiation, you can turn off any transmitters not in use and when possible use airplane mode. This suspends the device’s signal transmitting functions, which ensure there is less radiation being emitted from your phone.
The Specific Absorption Rate (without bluetooth and wifi turned on) when measured at the head — both Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have an SAR rating of 1.18 W/kg. The SAR level for an iPhone 6 positioned 5mm from the body is 1.18 W/kg and 1.19 W/kg for the iPhone 6 Plus.
Moskowitz says “To ensure that the cell phone does not exceed the legal limit, consumers should never keep their cell phone in their pockets or next to their skin. The cell phone is not tested directly against the body because most cell phones would fail the SAR test as the radiation absorption increases dramatically when the cell phone is close to the body.”
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For example, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-920V made for Verizon has an FCC measured SAR of only 0.21 W/kg(watts per kilogram), while an Apple iPhone 6 Plus exposes a user’s head to a whopping 1.18 W/kg.
This dramatic difference in head SAR levels is mainly because the transmitter is located at the bottom of Samsung phones rather than at the top, also they incorporate an innovative antenna that transmits the highest intensities of microwave radiation from the lower back of their smartphones.
FCC SAR limit: https://www.fcc.gov/general/radio-frequency-safety-0
Steve Jobs app rejection: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2382537,00.asp
Joel M. Moskowitz: http://www.saferemr.com/2014/09/iphone-6-sar-radiation-levels-and.html
iPhone 6 SAR: http://www.apple.com/legal/rfexposure/iphone7,2/en/
iPhone 6 Plus SAR: http://www.apple.com/legal/rfexposure/iphone7,1/en/
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SAR: http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Samsung-Galaxy-Note-5_id9462/fullspecs