Apple Says Keep iPhone 12 Away from Your Pacemaker

Ruben Fields
January 27, 2021

It also recommends that iPhones are kept a foot away if the device is actively using wireless charging. It also opened its online Apple Store and is offering AppleCare+ to Indian Apple device buyers.

An important heads-up for iPhone owners: Apple is warning customers that its smartphones could interfere with medical devices, including pacemakers.

"Heart Rhythm Journal released a report earlier this month claiming that the magnets in the iPhone 12 that make it compatible with MagSafe accessories could interfere with an implanted defibrillator" -CNN.

Apple said in the update that medical devices can contain sensors that may react to magnets or radio waves that come in close proximity.

The iPhone 12 was launched in October 2020, and it included its MagSafe technology, after it was successfully used for MacBook charging cords. The study was only carried out on one person, however, and didn't show if the same results would have occurred with a non-Magsafe device. Users should ask whether they need to maintain a safe distance of separation between their medical devices and their iPhone or MagSafe accessories.

One of the more interesting features of the new iPhone 12 lineup is the return of the MagSafe power connector.

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The safety of some of Apple's newest products has been a point of concern in recent weeks following the publication of a study authored by researchers from the Henry Ford Heart and Vascular Institute that found evidence that the iPhone 12 can interfere with implantable cardioverter defibrillators, also known as ICDs. "iPhone contains magnets as well as components and radios that emit electromagnetic fields", the firm said.

CNN stated that the iPhone 12s, in particular, contain more magnets than any prior iPhone model to date.

The magnets and electromagnetic fields mean you want to keep the phone and MagSafe charger at least 6 inches from whatever device you have implanted unless it is wirelessly charging, then keep it 12 inches away.

It's not just the newer iPhone that could cause the issue, according to Apple all phones pose an issue.

The text, spotted by MacRumors, further advises consulting with a physician and the device manufacturer for "specific guidelines" in relation to MagSafe.

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