Steve Jobs Turns Down Radiation Monitoring App

By: John Vinson - March 24, 2011

You really know your iPhone app is rejected when Steve Jobs personally emails you in response to an appeal made regarding app store approval. Tawkon, the name of both the app and developer can be added to the list of app drama which has taken place this week.

The radiation monitoring app is available on Blackberry, Android, and now jail-broken Apple devices. Tawkon has gone underground, and is now available on the Cydia store.

Upon its release, Tawkon was rejected from the app store. This led to discussions with Apple execs, eventually leading to an email correspondence with Steve Jobs.

Not to mince words, here’s the email Tawkon posted on their blog…

The reaction to Tawkon’s exclusion from the app store has led to a wide variety of opinions. Ranging from “Apple needs to stop deciding what I can and cannot download” to John Brownlee of, who states “Tawkon’s launching on Cydia instead, which is fine, but I’m with Steve on this one: given that the iPhone has no native radiation-detecting mechanism (and therefore isn’t accurate), combined with the fact that there is no medical basis for fearing cellphone radiation exposure and the heightened fears about radiation both domestically and abroad, this just isn’t an app that needs to be on the App Store.”

Brownlee provides an interesting point, as Tawkon doesn’t directly monitor radiation. However, Tawkon explains how their app works with this YouTube video:

The argument between radiation exposure in cell phones has been going back and forth for as long as the devices have been available. One group points to research to validate their claims, while the other group has their research as well. Unfortunately, there’s no long term research available to validate or refute either claim. CNet has a great report, providing information about what we do know concerning cell phone radiation.

Though they’ve been rejected, Tawkon isn’t giving up on the fight. They have a petition posted on the front page of their site, which let’s people email Apple to let them know they want the app.

Depending how you feel in regards to cell phone radiation will more than likely determine your stance in the Tawkon app dilemma. Was Jobs and Apple justified in turning down Tawkon, or does the developer have a valid monitoring app?

Whatever your opinion, there’s no denying the humor of Job’s short and to the point email response.

John Vinson

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  • James Butler

    While it is certainly within the store owner’s rights to decide which products the store carries, this can’t help Apple in the anti-trust litigation to which they are currently being subjected. Just because (a) Jobs isn’t interested in it and (b) it may or may not function accurately hasn’t stopped thousands of similarly (a) uninteresting and (b) questionably-accurate apps from being sold in the App Store™. It sounds suspiciously like Apple is building their own Geiger Counter app …

    • John Vinson

      Agreed. I’m really hoping Apple responds to the decision. Brownlee, who I referenced in my article also stated that Apple didn’t want to add to the hysteria over cell phone radiation. And taking off the app made sense, considering it’s on the i”Phone”.

      Not that the reason makes Apple anymore right or wrong, but the reason would provide a bit more clarity into the decision making process.

      • Unabubba

        The phone is garbage anyway, primarily due to Apple’s proprietary mindset. Why would anybody build a phone built so specifically to exclude apps? Why would anybody buy one with superior non-proprietary functioning phones available?

        Thanks a bunch Steve. Enjoy your tumor while you’re working your gay cure app!

  • Free Money Making Video Course

    How come Tawkon was rejected and Gaycure was accepted? It doesn’t make sense to me. Seriously Apple needs to work on their App Approval Procedure.

  • Adsense Publisher

    I think a better application would be an app that warns you of when you are near an area that has a radiation hazard would be more appropriate, but yes there is no Geiger counter installed on the iPhone, however…..What if you could hook up to the first ever bluetooth Geiger Counter, so the app is like whatever they are going to charge, but you have to buy a Geiger Counter that can transmit via bluetooth. Listen, we may never need something like that, but some people feel safer having it available and not using it than not having it available at all. Please Apple, don’t limit what the iPhone can do when it’s an issue of people wanting to feel safer.

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  • Susie Lingefelt

    Isn’t this true then, all the phones come along serious health issues.
    I work in a building that has the least cellular reception, which means every one in my building is facing a serious problem while passing serious radiations to those around them.

    And I don’t think Tawkon should be let down. Offcourse I want this app on my iphone. It’s high time to know when to switch off your cellular and switch back to regular phones.

    I don’t think its a right decision of apple to deny Tawkon app.

    Susie Lingefelt

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  • Jose Soto

    I agree with Adsense Publisher. It is always possible to have an external Geiger counter with bluetooth communication sending the data to a phone, an iPhone for example.
    On this case if you don’t need, you are not paying the extra cost of the radiation sensor. The blueGeiger PG-15 offers this, with a connection to an Android:

    It permits to do a radiation map taking the GPS data of the phone.

    Maybe soon for iPhone too