Don't believe the scary hype about Apple's AirPods

Don't believe the scary hype about Apple's AirPods
Back in 2015, 250 scientists signed a petition and forwarded it to the World Health Organization (WHO). The document discussed the generation of ElectroMagnetic Fields (EMF) by wireless and electric devices. An EMF is said to be an invisible wave comprised of a magnetic and electric field perpendicular to each other. The devices that the scientists were concerned about ranged from cell phones, cordless phones (and their base stations) to Wi-Fi, baby monitors and the infrastructure used to deliver electricity. The petition asked that more research be done to determine how EMF affects humans. At the same time, the scientists suggested that humans limit their exposure to these fields.

According to AppleInsider, the U.K.'s Daily Mail tabloid started a rumor that the Apple Air Pods wireless Bluetooth earphones were a cancer risk with a large and scary headline that read "Are AirPods dangerous? 250 scientists sign petition warning against cancer from wireless tech including the trendy in-ear headphones." The paper was citing the aforementioned petition that had been delivered to the WHO even though it had nothing to do with Bluetooth and the very popular Apple accessory.

It wasn't only a tabloid newspaper that spread this rumor. Yahoo News U.K. published a story, again citing the petition, with the headline "Wireless headphones like Apple AirPods could pose cancer risk', scientists warn." Of course, that wasn't what the scientists said at all. In fact, all of the handsets you see in use every day that give users much higher EMF exposure than AirPods. And while Wi-Fi and Bluetooth use the same frequencies, the former has a much stronger signal. Assuming that both are carrying the same data, a Wi-Fi signal is about 40 times more powerful than Bluetooth. You can see that for yourself. A Wi-Fi signal can be received throughout your home, while a Bluetooth signal disconnects after a few feet.

A third-generation of AirPods could be released later this year


And as it turns out, improving technology is allowing manufacturers to reduce the amount of EMF signals generated by headsets. When Apple released its own Bluetooth headset for the OG iPhone in 2007, it was based on Bluetooth 2.0 and ran with the maximum 2.5mW of power that was the cap 12 years ago. The Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) connectivity employed by the AirPods uses no more than .5mW of power. In addition, answering calls through the wireless earphones exposes users to less EMF waves than answering an iPhone and holding it up to the ear. And if you need more information to make you feel better, the antennas used on the AirPods are not inside the part of the accessory that goes in your ear. They are located on the small shaft of the device that hangs out of the ear.


Yesterday, we told you that the release of a third generation of AirPods might happen later this year. The new AirPods could be equipped with some of the rumored features that were missing from the recently released second generation of the accessory. That would include noise cancellation and water resistance. We could also find some health-related applications including a heart rate monitor. The second generation models have longer battery life and are available in a case that allows for wireless charging. They also have support for 'always-on' Siri.

With Samsung's Galaxy Buds replacing the Gear iconX, and new competition coming from Amazon and Microsoft, the AirPods are part of a wearables category expected to take off over the next few years. According to research firm Gartner, the ear-worn segment of the category will ship a leading 158.43 million units by 2022. That same year, the number of smartwatches that Gartner expects to ship will be 115.20 million.

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20 Comments

1. Plutonium239

Posts: 1232; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

There has been plenty of research done on exposure to RF(radio field and electromagnetic field(radio bands are but a small part of the electromagnetic spectrum)). The last big study done on rats led to a 6% increase in the lifespan of male rats with no effect on female rats with an extreme amount of exposure in comparison with a control group with no exposure.

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Look at the end of the day Apples iPhones and AirPods expose their customers to the highest amounts, and that is in comparison to the competition. That's a fact.

20. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

@Plutonium239 Why would you come to this site and lie? The average man is made a fool of... When all these 5G towers start going up on every city block corner, it will kill the birds and the bees, and yes, you and me. O.ohttps://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-05-cell-rat​s-explores-exposure.html

8. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Humans sensitive to EMF are known to have weird sensations and hear things in areas with high EMF. You can feel like you're being watched, touched and think you're hearing ghosts. I'm pretty sure rats and mice can't tell us if they have weird feelings or great things when exposed to high EMF. Unless ghosts are attracted to locations with high EMF in which case I digress.

3. LawnBoy

Posts: 198; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

I know people that get headaches from them. Regular connection headphones don't cause that so they go w the dingle and a wired pair.

4. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Are those the ones you made that don't exist just so you can pretend to make a point?

5. BuffaloSouce unregistered

The sun causes cancer... Scientists have also said eating bacon will to...

7. someguy2261

Posts: 259; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

And it will, but you should keep eating it,while you listen to your airpods. I think its natrual selection at work the dumb one dont survive.

11. CDexterWard

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Please help yourself to 1000 of my thunbs up

9. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

That's because people prefer crispy bacon and crisping meat or any food creates carcinogens.

6. Jrod99

Posts: 760; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Process food that’s consumed is more dangerous. Fact. Driving your car is more dangerous. Fact. Stress from job is more dangerous. Fact. So no need to sweat everything.

10. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Why is that every time there’s a concern about tech Apple comes first in the list? No wonder, apple is the number 1 tech company and the most influential. When something says phone, people always remember iphone. When talking about pc, tablets, smartwatch and wireless accessories people talks more on macs, ipads, apple watch and airpods. Amazing that Apple established being the leader in tech and other OEMs are trying to be apple in android world.

12. SPASE

Posts: 261; Member since: May 03, 2013

Yeah that's right, don't believe the hype and while you're at it, vaccinations serve no purpose as well :P

13. lyndon420

Posts: 6827; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

You actually nailed that second part. Autism wasn't a thing until they started pushing vac's on people. Mercury is very damaging on a young developing brain. Amazing we even managed to survive as a species without them. /s

16. kiko007

Posts: 7506; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Oh God, the anti-vaxxers are here. Keep your kids at home if you're going to play doctor.

18. lyndon420

Posts: 6827; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Yeah. And I also stopped using a microwave after I learned what they do to our food. Altered my diet as well to eliminate as much sugar as possible. It's amazing what you can learn - don't be afraid to educate yourself and maybe try doing some research.

14. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

"And while Wi-Fi and Bluetooth use the same frequencies" Partly true for single-band but not the high band in dual-band routers

15. Vega007

Posts: 86; Member since: May 18, 2017

I simply live to the fullest. Some of the most health conscience people I have known have had horrible things happen to them out of nowhere, ending their life. Life is just too short man...just live.

19. lyndon420

Posts: 6827; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Were they vegan's? That would explain a lot.

17. MrMalignance

Posts: 301; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

I love the fact that alen wrote this article... especially since he wrote the first article telling us to be afraid. I mistakenly thought he was just giving a heads up, but then I did my own research and found out it was all b.s. bottom line: everything causes cancer. Don't live in fear, unless it's something that's avoidable/dumb

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