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Can Apple AirPods give you cancer?

It’s a valid question, regardless of all those debunked Facebook memes.

can airpods give you cancer? no
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Apple’s AirPods kickstarted the true wireless headphones trend, possibly because where Apple goes – so does the market.

Now that AirPods use Bluetooth to communicate instead of a wire, are they safe? I mean, we’ve constantly heard scare stories about radiation, back to when the microwave first came out.

So, can Apple AirPods give you cancer?

  • Short answer: No

AirPods use non-ionizing EMF in the form of Bluetooth, which the National Institute of Health defines as “Low to mid-frequency radiation which is generally perceived as harmless due to its lack of potency..”

So, perceived as harmless. That’s just on the basis of the wireless communication technology used, not the AirPods themselves.

Those, like all wireless devices, needed to go through FCC certification before sale to the public. That means Apple had their AirPods tested to meet the stringent guidelines set by the FCC.

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There have even been numerous studies on non-ionizing EMF, none of which showed a conclusive link to any dangerous effects.

To put it another way, we’ve all seen those reports of the potential risk of using our cellphones next to our heads, right? Well, one of the suggestions for reducing that risk is to use Bluetooth headphones, like AirPods, because of the comparatively low power.

So no, your AirPods likely won’t cause cancer.

What do you think? Are you worried about technology giving you cancer? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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Maker, meme-r, and unabashed geek with nearly half a decade of blogging experience at KnowTechie, SlashGear and XDA Developers. If it runs on electricity (or even if it doesn't), Joe probably has one around his office somewhere, with particular focus in gadgetry and handheld gaming. Shoot him an email at joe@knowtechie.com.

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