Apple warns against putting your iPhone 12 near some medical devices
Jan 25 2021
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. To avoid possible contact with these devices, keep your iPhone and Maxoff jewelry at a safe distance from the device (more than 6 inches / 15 cm or more than 12 inches / 30 cm if you charge wirelessly).
The company had previously acknowledged the potential for the magnets to interfere with certain implanted medical equipment, but has now gone further in explaining the risk and offering advice.
Apple has issued an advisory for users with medical devices such as pacemakers, asking them to use their new iPhone 12 phones and its MagSafe accessories at a safe distance as these could potentially cause some interference.
Emphasizing more on the accessories Apple has added that MagSafe charger and MagSafe charger Duo, in particular, may contain radios and electromagnetic fields that may interfere with these medical devices. "If you suspect iPhone or any MagSafe accessories are interfering with your medical device, stop using your iPhone or MagSafe accessories." .
The researchers stated that once the iPhone 12 - which has a circular array of magnets built into its back in order to allow it to snap to a MagSafe charger or other accessory - was placed near the medical device close to the patient's heart, the device suspended its operations.
Medical Xpress says, "Unless companies like Medtronic get on board and move to smarter device configuration options, they will continue to butt heads with consumer devices-and they will continue to lose".
Since the study, MacRumors points out that Apple has updated the document to include a bit more information in terms of how to keep sensors on the iPhone 12 and MagSafe accessories from impacting pacemakers and defibrillators. All iPhone 12 models are equipped with the A14 Bionic chipset made by Apple, one that grants even faster processing speeds than its predecessor A13 Bionic.
It is alarming that the Heart Rhythm Journal published a study about a Medtronic pacemaker that shut down when an iPhone 12 series phone was held near it.
We provide more information on safety at Important safety information for iPhone in the iPhone User Guide.