Yesterday, CNN reported that Apple warns users that its smartphones may interfere with medical equipment including pacemakers. According to the report, in an announcement on its support page last Saturday, Apple expanded its previously released safety information to warn iPhone 12 users, ‘iPhones contain magnets and radios that emit electromagnetic fields, both of which “may interfere” with medical devices such as implanted pacemakers and defibrillators.’
Last Saturday’s announcement specifically warned users that all four iPhone 12 models have ‘the magnets inside’ as well as MagSafe accessories. Apple pointed out that the iPhone 12 version ‘contains more magnets than prior iPhone models’. It also said they don’t pose a greater risk of magnetic interference with medical devices than earlier models.
Apple said in its updated guidelines that medical equipment can contain sensors that may react to magnets or radio waves in close proximity. The company recommends that ‘iPhones and MagSafe chargers’ should be kept at a safe distance from medical equipment. It is defined as a distance of 6 inches (15.24cm) or more than 15 inches (38.1cm) when charging wirelessly.’
When Apple released the iPhone 12 last fall, the company also announced the withdrawal of the iPhone’s MagSafe (previously the most popular feature of MacBook). Customers can purchase MagSafe charging docks for wireless charging, as well as other magnetic accessories, including the phone case and wallet on the back of the phone.
Apple did not immediately respond to reporters’ comments why it wanted to expand the scope of the safety guidelines. However, the Heart Rhythm Journal published a report earlier this month stating that ‘the magnets compatible with MagSafe accessories in the iPhone 12 may interfere with implants.’
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According to the report, health experts have long warned people not to use or place cell phones too close to implanted medical devices—for example, not to put cell phones in shirt pockets. ‘Consult your physician and medical device manufacturer for information specific to your medical device and whether you need to maintain a safe distance of separation between your medical device and iPhone or any MagSafe accessories,’ Apple said in the notice. ‘Manufacturers often provide recommendations on the safe use of their devices around wireless or magnetic products to prevent possible interference.’
Apple warns iPhone 12 users that are using MagSafe chargers that there is another thing to note: Avoid placing credit cards, security badges, passports or remote control keys between the phone and the MagSafe charger, because magnets may damage the magnetic strips or RFID chips in these items. ’ If you have a phone case that holds such items, be sure to remove them before wirelessly charging your device.’