Anyone else concerned about Air Pod safety?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jigzaw, Oct 1, 2016.

  1. jigzaw macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2012
    I think they look like really awesome earbuds and my first thought was "I am SO getting those", but I'm kind of leery of them because apparently they communicate with each other by transmitting THROUGH YOUR HEAD. I haven't been too afraid of bluetooth, but a constant and continuous path of low-level microwaves through your brain just sounds like asking for trouble. The best I can find by reading news articles is that some scientists say it's fine because it falls below the FCC's standards for safe exposure and others say that the FCC's standards are woefully low and mostly influenced by the companies that want to sell these devices.

    I'm no conspiracy theorist and I love my phone and ipad and I even have a bluetooth pair of earbuds (though they are wired to each other, hence hopefully not shooting signals through my head). Anyway, I just hope these things don't hurt people. Plus that W1 chip seems pretty awesome.
  2. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I think that at this point you can find 'evidence" to support whatever side you personally stand by. I am unsure anyone is going to be able to tell you something like this is 100% without a doubt safe.

    I don't plan on buying these, but I will say, for the hour or so a day I would use them I wouldn't concern myself terribly about it.
  3. silverblack macrumors 68030


    Nov 27, 2007
  4. megapopular macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2007
    My thoughts are that each individual Airpod is receiving signals from the device that it's connected to, like the iPhone, iPad or cellphone... not really connecting to each other. So the signal is by your head but not necessarily going through your head due to each Airpod "communicating" to each other. Hopefully I'm right about that.
  5. Halt&CatchFire macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2014
    Just because the Air Pods connect to each other and your head happens to be between them, doesn't mean they are "transmitting through your head" any more than your phone is transmitting through your head when you are holding it in your hands.

    Your phone, your WiFi router, your Bluetooth microphone, your Bluetooth wireless stereo system....they're all transmitting 360 degrees around them, and thus, through your head.

    I wouldn't worry about it. It's no more unsafe than holding your phone to your ear.
  6. IFRIT macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2012
    You have a far greater chance of getting hit by a bus then getting cancer via ear buds, get a grip.
  7. Subwaymac macrumors regular


    Apr 1, 2009
    It's going to come out eventually how unsafe this stuff is. You can feel when the mobile hotspot in turned on if you grab the phone.
  8. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Feel how/what exactly?
  9. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

    Jun 24, 2010
  10. fischersd macrumors 601


    Oct 23, 2014
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    It's not just the frequency (2.4GHz), it's also the amplitude / signal strength. Bluetooth radios are typically quite weak, vs the radio in your cell phone which has a quite significant range.

    Fears over the latter....let's just say they're not entirely without merit. The greater the exposure, the greater the risk.
  11. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    Feel what, exactly? Heat because it's using more power?

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