The Safety Manual and Disclaimers for Apple products says, “read all safety information below and operating instructions before using iPad to avoid injury.”


iPad contains radio transmitters and receivers. When on, iPad sends and receives radio frequency (RF) energy through its antenna. The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® antennas are located behind the screen to the left of the Home button, and behind the Apple logo… A cellular antenna is located at the top edge of iPad Wi-Fi+3G, when oriented with the Home button at the bottom.”


(NOTE) When dissected a Wi-Fi+3G iPad, they discovered not three but five antennas, including the frame of the LCD screen being a giant antenna.


… to be sure that human exposure to RF energy does not exceed the FCC, IC, and European Union guidelines, always follow these instructions and precautions: Orient the device in portrait mode with the Home button at the bottom of the display, or in landscape mode with the cellular antenna (located under the black edge at the top of the device) away from your body or other objects…”



When a child holds an iPad in portrait mode on his/her lap or near his chest, the microwave radiation is penetrating their internal organs.


When a child holds an iPad in landscape mode with his/her hands covering the constantly transmitting antennas they are absorbing microwave radiation directly into their bodies.


If you don’t handle the iPad exactly as instructed, the RF radiation can exceed governments’ limits for human exposure. Unfortunately, most parents and teachers have no idea about this, and have never communicated the manufacturer’s instructions to children who are using iPads.


The user manual recommends: “you can further limit your exposure by limiting the amount of time using iPad Wi-Fi+3G in wireless mode, since time is a factor in how much exposure a person receives, and by placing more distance between your body and iPad Wi-Fi + 3G, since exposure level drops off dramatically with distance.”


900 blasts of radiofrequency per hour


When the WiFi antenna in an iPad is turned on, it emits a burst of microwave radiation approximately every four seconds. That makes 900 blasts per hour in the child’s hands, on his lap, or at his face and does not include any additional data signals resulting from uploading and downloading activities. The beacon signal for the iPad occurs every 4 seconds even when the user is not accessing the Internet.  In other words, even if a child is only drawing or playing games, they will still receive 900 bursts of microwave radiation an hour as long as the WiFi antenna is left ‘ON’.


More Health and Safety Warnings from the iPad User Manual:


Seizures, Blackouts, and Eyestrain

A small percentage of people may be susceptible to blackouts or seizures (even if they have never had one before) when exposed to flashing lights or light patterns such as when playing games or watching video. If you have experienced seizures

or blackouts or have a family history of such occurrences, you should consult a physician before playing games or watching videos on your iPad. Discontinue use of iPad and consult a physician if you experience headaches, blackouts, seizures, convulsion, eye or muscle twitching, loss of awareness, involuntary movement, or disorientation. To reduce risk of headaches, blackouts, seizures, and eyestrain, avoid prolonged use, hold iPad some distance from your eyes, use iPad in a well-lit room, and take frequent breaks.


Glass Parts

The outside cover of the iPad screen is made of glass. This glass could break if iPad is dropped on a hard surface or receives a substantial impact. If the glass chips or cracks, do not touch or attempt to remove the broken glass and stop using iPad. Glass cracked due to misuse or abuse is not covered under the warranty.


Radio Frequency Interference

Radio-frequency emissions from electronic equipment can negatively affect the operation of other electronic equipment, causing them to malfunction… the wireless transmitters and electrical circuits in iPad Wi-Fi + 3G may cause interference in other electronic equipment. Therefore, please take the following precautions:



Use of iPad may be prohibited while traveling in aircraft.

For more information about using Airplane Mode to turn off the iPad wireless transmitters, see the iPad User Guide.



Radio frequency emissions from iPad may affect electronic systems in motor vehicles. Check with the manufacturer or its representative regarding your vehicle.



The Health Industry Manufacturers Association recommends that a minimum separation of 15 cm (6 inches) be maintained between a handheld wireless phone and a pacemaker to avoid potential interference with the pacemaker.


Persons with pacemakers: Should always keep iPad more than 15 cm (6 inches) from the pacemaker when the wireless device is turned on.


If you have any reason to suspect that interference is taking place, turn iPad off immediately (press and hold the Sleep/Wake button, and then slide the onscreen slider).


Other Medical Devices

If you use any other personal medical device, consult the device manufacturer or your physician to determine if it is adequately shielded from radio frequency emissions from iPad.


Health Care Facilities

Hospitals and health care facilities may use equipment that is particularly sensitive to external radio frequency emissions. Turn iPad off when staff or posted signs instruct you to do so.


Blasting Areas and Posted Facilities

To avoid interfering with blasting operations, turn off iPad when in a “blasting area” or in areas posted “Turn off two-way radio.” Obey all signs and instructions.


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  3. Good post! iPads (which are used in direct contact with children’s bodies—hands, lap, abdomen, etc.) represent a health hazard to our younger generation. An average smartphone uses 35 times the bandwidth of a regular cellphone; a tablet uses up to 121 times the bandwidth. I have measured the microwave radiation of an iPad (with WiFi button turned on only, not browsing the internet and not downloading anything). The measurements from the Wi-Fi iPad spiked several times higher than an iPhone on talking mode. I have also checked an iPad’s magnetic field (WiFi off, just playing an already downloaded game) and it read 20 milligauss. On the Apple forum, there have been repeated posts of complaints from people feeling dizziness and nausea after using iPad and having to return them.

    What is wrong with people?

    And thanks for all you do to spill some awareness into this barren and sparsely covered topic.

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