Apple issues a new warning: Keep your iPhone six inches away from the pacemaker

In notice Posted on Apple’s support page Saturday, the company expanded upon its earlier release Safety information, Warns users that iPhones contain magnets and radios that emit electromagnetic fields, both of which „may interfere“ with medical devices such as implanted pacemakers and pacemakers.
Saturday’s notice specifically warns users of „the magnet inside“ all four iPhone 12 models, plus MagSafe accessories. an Apple (AAPL) It indicates that the iPhone 12 versions contain more magnets than the previous iPhone models, but also said that they do not pose a greater risk of magnetic interference with medical devices than previous models.

Apple said in the update that medical devices could contain sensors that may interact with magnets or radio waves close together. The company recommends keeping iPhones and MagSafe devices at a „safe“ distance from medical devices – which are known to be more than 6 inches, or 15 inches, apart when charging wirelessly.

When Apple IPhone 12 unveiled Last fall, the company also announced the return of MagSafe – Previously a much loved MacBook feature For iPhone. Customers can purchase MagSafe charging docks to renew their devices wirelessly, and other magnetic accessories including bags and wallets that attach to the back of phones.
Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on why it’s now expanding its safety guidelines. But Heart Rhythm Journal A report was released Earlier this month, it claimed that the magnets on the iPhone 12 that make it compatible with MagSafe accessories could interfere with an implanted defibrillator.

„Consult your doctor and the manufacturer of the medical device for information regarding your medical device and whether you need to maintain a safe distance between your medical device and the iPhone or any MagSafe accessories,“ Apple said in the notice. „Manufacturers often provide recommendations on the safe use of their devices about wireless or magnetic products to prevent potential interference.“

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Apple said if a customer feels their iPhone 12 charger or MagSafe is interfering with their medical device, they should stop using it.

Another thing that iPhone 12 users should pay attention to when using MagSafe chargers: Avoid placing credit cards, security badges, passports or FOB keys between your phone and your MagSafe charger, as magnets may damage the magnetic strips or RFID chips in these items. Apple warns. If you have a phone case that contains such items, be sure to remove them before charging your device wirelessly.

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