Apple rejects app that measures iPhone radiation levels
Apple looks like it's at it again – exercising more editorial judgment over what applications get onto its iPhone. This time, however, the problems are not about bare breasts and violent games. The denied app, according to Israeli startup Tawkon, would allow users to see how much radiation their iPhone is emitting.
“Our message is moderate,” said Tawkon co-founder Gil Friedlander. “We don’t claim to try to stop users from using their phones. We just say to do so responsibly.”
An Apple spokesman declined to comment about the issue. Tech Crunch first reported on the move.
Friedlander said Apple responded a few days after Tawkon submitted an application to the iTunes store, saying the graphical user interface was good but that by supplying information about radiation levels, the application could cause confusion.
They are very clear about the fact that they make content decisions about what they want to post or not,” Friedlander said.
The apparent move by Apple comes as growing research in Europe that indicates a possible link between cancer and cellphone use. U.S. carriers, phone manufacturers and groups like the National Institutes of Health have concluded that research doesn’t clearly make the connection.
But some consumer advocates and public health experts like David Carpenter, a physician and professor at the University of Albany, say that the exponential growth in use of cellphones – particularly among teens – warrants more study of the relationship between cellphone radiation levels and cancer. He spoke earlier this week at a hearing by the Maine legislature on whether the state should be the first to mandate warning labels on cellphones.
Tawkon’s app gives a user readings on how much radiation may be emitted by the iPhone, depending on environmental changes and distance to cell towers.
March 5, 2010; 4:52 PM ET
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