Experts who signed the petition believe the earbuds can pose a possible cancer risk due to the Bluetooth technology and the radio waves (EMF) that are transmitted.
In an interview with Medium, a University of Colorado professor explained his concerns, ” My concern for AirPods is that their placement in the ear canal exposes tissues in the head to relatively high levels of radio-frequency radiation,” says Jerry Phillips, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
They also noted the International Agency for Research on Cancer recently determined EMF is “possibly carcinogenic” to humans.
Along with cancer, genetic damage, and neurological disorders are possibly linked to EMF exposure in humans.
Apple has previously responded to concerns about radiation risk. “Apple products are always designed and tested to meet or exceed all safety requirements.”
Apple has yet to comment on the latest claims.