iPhone radiaton makes my Macbook fall asleep.

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  1. segers909 macrumors regular

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    So i've got this very strange problem. This has happend to me about 3 times now. Here is the situation:
    So i'm in the coach with my uMBP on my lappy and iPhone 3Gs in my pocket. I receive an sms, type a response, press "send" and put the iPhone down right next to my macbook. Suddenly my screen goes black, and the breathing light turns on.:confused: I press my spacebar and the macbook goes to the login screen.

    So is it possible that the radiation of my iPhone makes my macbook go asleep? I know there are magnets to keep the screen closed, but is the sensor that detects if the lit is closed also magnetic?
     
  2. SpookTheHamster macrumors 65816

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    It's definitely possible. If my iPhone was too close to my work laptop and received a message/call it would cause my computer to crash disastrously.
     
  3. jayhawk11 macrumors 6502a

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    One problem...nothing on the iPhone is magnetic. Do you have a case on your iPhone?
     
  4. segers909 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Only a simple silicone one.
    Aren't all radio waves magnetic?
     
  5. MarcBook macrumors 6502a

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    My old phone made my iPod classic's scroll wheel go mental whenever a text or call came in. That was especially bad on the 'Now Playing' screen, since the scroll wheel controls volume in that case! :eek: I had to keep it locked whenever my phone was near it.

    Phones do tend to interfere with other devices, but it's rather odd that it makes your MacBook sleep...
     
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    Do you know whether you're on a GSM or WCDMA network?
     
  7. babak macrumors member

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    I wouldn't keep it in my pocket after this, especially not pants pocket :eek:
     
  8. emt1 macrumors 65816

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    Do pieces of metal fly at your iPhone when you're making a phone call?
     
  9. MarcBook macrumors 6502a

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    :eek: Now that would be scary!

    Radio waves are a type of electromagnetic radiation, which is considerably different to being plain magnetic.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electromagnetic_Spectrum
     
  10. segers909 thread starter macrumors regular

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    It's GSM here, (note my location; entire Europe is GSM).
    And indeed, i keep my iPhone in my front pocket about 12 hours a day.. Makes me kinda worried!
     
  11. copykris macrumors 6502a

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    don't come back until your balls explode
     
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  13. TheWelshBoyo macrumors 6502

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    Actually, mobile phones use microwaves, not radio waves as is popularly believed.
     
  14. mousouchop macrumors 6502a

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    When I keep my phone near my Macbook Pro is makes me speakers click and snap. Always reminds me that I need to move my phone. haha.
     
  15. Betelgeuse macrumors member

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    The EM waves that your phone emits is enough to disturb magnetic fields which is why you can't put them near a lot of computer speakers; they'll induce a current in the speakers and cause them to make that burst-of-static sound that we're all probably familiar with. So, if the MacBook is put to sleep by something that senses a magnetic field (whether it comes from a permanent magnet or a field generated by EM radiation), it's definitely possible that your iPhone could put your laptop to sleep. It seems like a cool parlor trick, if nothing else. :)
     

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