Apple iPhone 6 radiation levels and minimum body separation distance
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are already on the market and, little by little, new details about them are coming to light. The latest we have learned about Apple’s new flagships is the SAR levels , that is, the radiation levels and the minimum separation distance at which the devices must be kept. These data have been made available thanks to a study carried out by Joel M. Moskowitz , from the School of Public Health at the University of California.
Thanks to this study it has been known that in the case of the iPhone 6, the SAR level is 1.18, while for the 6 Plus the SAR level is 1.19 , slightly higher. The minimum distance these devices should be kept away from the body is 5 millimetres. This makes the iPhone 6 one of the most radiant mobile devices available today.
As with most smartphones on the market, the two new iPhone models have several transmitters that emit microwave radiation, including the mobile antenna, the WiFi antenna or Bluetooth .
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When all these transmitters are active, the SAR level increases to 1.58 on iPhone 6 and 1.59 on iPhone 6 Plus . It should be noted that these levels are very close to the legal radiation limit, which is 1.60. It is therefore recommended that antennas and transmitters that are not in use be switched off, as this will reduce the SAR level considerably.
But consumers may find this type of data incomprehensible, which is why the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) explains that the SAR is a measure of the maximum amount of microwave radiation absorbed by the head or body . These radiation levels are measured in a laboratory using an artificial model with different fluids to simulate human tissue.
The FCC comments that SAR is measured in watts per kilogram and represents the maximum amount of energy absorbed in a single gram of that test tissue. On the other hand, they point out that smartphones sold in the United States have a SAR level that usually ranges from 0.20 to 1.60.
The test to determine the SAR levels of mobile devices was adopted by the FCC in 1996 and in 2012 was criticized by the United States Government Accountability Office, as they consider that the test does not accurately reflect the actual levels reached by users by not taking into account factors that may cause them to increase.
Recommendations for users based on SAR level
Today, very few consumers are aware of the recommended minimum separation that a smartphone should have, which in the case of the new iPhone 6 is 5 millimetres . That’s why, as stated in the blog Electromagnetic Radiation Safety, to ensure that the legal limit of radiation is not exceeded, users should not carry their smartphone in their pocket or near their skin.
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In addition, they highlight that several studies carried out with humans have found that there is an increased risk of cancer , including a significant increase in brain tumours in users who use mobile devices for 25 years or more. Finally, another risk of smartphone use would be related to reproductive health and male infertility, among other things.
And you, did you know this kind of data or did you not know that mobile devices could reach these radiation levels?