According to the latest news, Apple has issued a warning to its customers that the magnets inside the iPhone 12 could interfere with medical devices like pacemakers and defibrillators. Note that the latest generation of iPhone, iPhone 12 comes with MagSafe technology that enables wireless charging and allows various accessories to be clipped onto the back of the phone. It does offer the flexibility of use and other pros but this also means the smartphones contain more magnets than prior iPhone models.
Apple has already warned that the electromagnetic fields emitted by the MagSafe technology could potentially pose a risk to nearby medical equipment. This concerns iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max, and all MagSafe accessories.
In a product safety notice, Apple wrote “Medical devices such as implanted pacemakers and defibrillators might contain sensors that respond to magnets and radios when in close contact. To avoid any potential interactions with these devices, keep your iPhone and MagSafe accessories a safe distance away from your device (more than 6 inches/ 15cm apart or more than 12 inches/ 30cm apart if wirelessly charging).”
This is not all. As per reports, Apple has also advised iPhone 12 owners to consult their physician and medical device manufacturer for more detailed guidelines. The warning concluded, “If you suspect your iPhone or any MagSafe accessories are interfering with your medical device, stop using your iPhone or MagSafe accessories.”
It is worth mention that the guidelines follow a study published in the journal Heart Rhythm earlier this month. The study found that an iPhone 12 could interfere with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD).
The report was accompanied by another report which stated that iPhone 12 models can ‘potentially inhibit lifesaving therapy in a patient particularly while carrying the phone in upper pockets.”