Last updated on September 2nd, 2020 at 06:43 amiPhones aren’t the most user-friendly devices when it comes to radio frequency exposure. Traditionally Apple’s smartphones are bombarding their owners with more radiation when compared to their biggest rivals from Samsung. Although, all iOS device are within the accepted FCC limits they always tend to score towards the higher end of the spectrum. The iPhone X, released last year, was the first device that scored lower Specific Absorption Rate results than its predecessors.
So, let’s see how the 2018 Apple flagships perform. Below you can find out the SAR values for the iPhone XS, XS Max and iPhone XR. You can also compare the three of them with the iPhone X, as well as all other iPhone models released by Apple until this moment. Historically, the iPhone 7 has been the highest radiating iPhone ever manufactured, followed closely by the iPhone 8 while the iPhone 3GS was the least harmful, but that has to do with the fact that wireless connectivity was at its debut!
iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR SAR Values
Important: All SAR values presented on this page have been measured with the iPhone’s antennas at maximum capacity. This means with cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity all simultaneously active.
- Model | SAR Limit: 1.6 W/kg (over 1g) | SAR Limit: 2.0 W/kg (over 10g)
- iPhone XS (A2097, A2100) | Head: 1.19; Body: 1.18 | Head: 0.99; Body: 0.99
- iPhone XS Max (A2101, A2104) | Head: 1.16; Body: 1.17 | Head: 0.99; Body: 0.99
- iPhone XR (A2105, A2108) | Head: 1.13; Body: 1.16 | Head: 0.99; Body: 0.99
Conclusion: Although the differences are very small the iPhone XS Max is less radiating as its smaller sibling, while the iPhone XR is the least radiating device of the 2018 lineup.
How To Diminish RF Exposure When Using Your iPhone
The highest radiation levels are measured during a cellular data call. So, if you avoid keeping your iOS device farther away from your ear you will manage to considerably reduce the amount of RF exposure. Use the Speaker to be able to perform a call from a distance. If you’re in public and not able to use the iPhone’s Speaker use a wired headset for best results.
Also, when you’re not on the move, keep your smartphone on a desk and not in your pockets.