Keep Your iPhone 12 and Its Accessories Away From Pacemakers

The iPhone 12 magnets might interfere with pacemakers Apple says

Apple has important safety tips for these iPhone users

Nevertheless, after this groundbreaking research, Apple has updated the support documentation which clarifies that the Apple iPhone 12 series poses no greater risk of magnetic interference to medical devices than previous iPhone versions.

The iPhone-maker says a distance of more than 6 inches / 15 cm apart or more than 12 inches / 30 cm apart if wirelessly charging would be best to avoid any potential interactions with these devices.

Pacemakers and defibrillators are life-saving devices created to regulate the heartbeat, with the latter sending off a more powerful shock to the heart if it detects a unsafe rhythm.

As long ago as October previous year - coinciding with the launch of its new phones - Apple said that there was a risk of electromagnetic interference with certain medical devices.

Apple has updated a support document for the iPhone 12 lineup, saying they may cause electromagnetic interference with medical devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators.

Shipped units however continue to be expensive, even priced much higher in India than in the US - e.g. the iPhone 12 Pro Max costs $1,781 in India against $1,099 in the US, AirPods Pro costs $341 ($249), AirPods Max sells for $815 ($549).

While these warnings are for the iPhone 12 line and its magnetic accessories specifically, they're not the only products that can affect medical devices. Following the study, Apple is warning users not to take their Magsafe-compatible iPhone 12 series or any MagSafe accessory near pacemakers and other health-devices.

"Medical devices such as implanted pacemakers and defibrillators might contain sensors that respond to magnets and radios when in close contact", Apple wrote.

Apple added, customers who think their iPhone or MagSafe charger was interfering with their medical device should stop using the phone or charger. Users should ask whether they need to maintain a safe distance of separation between their medical devices and their iPhone or MagSafe accessories. It is therefore recommended that one should consult a medical expert in detail regarding all the do's and dont's to ensure that their daily use devices such as phones, smartwatches, or wireless chargers do not interfere with the functioning of their life-saving medical devices.

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