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Apple Issues Warning To Keep iPhones Away From Medical Devices

Apple Issues Warning To Keep iPhones Away From Medical Devices

The magnets in the phones could pose a risk to those who have pacemakers

Claire Reid

Claire Reid

Apple has issued a warning that its iPhones could interfere with medical devices such as pacemakers and should be kept at least six-inches away from such devices.

The tech-giant explained in a new post that all its phones contain magnets as well as other components that emit electromagnetic fields.

And its these magnets and electromagnetic fields that Apple say 'might interfere' with medical devices such as implanted defibrillators and pacemakers.


All four models of the iPhone 12 contain more magnets than other handsets, because they are compatible with MagSafe accessories, but Apple says there is no reason to suggest these models 'pose a greater risk' to interfere with medical devices.

On the subject of MagSafe accessories, such as wireless charging docks, Apple also recommends that users with medical devices keep a similar 'safe distance'.

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 / 15 cm apart or more than 12 inches / 30 cm apart if wirelessly charging).


"But consult with your physician and your device manufacturer for specific guidelines."

The company also recommends speaking to your doctor and the manufacturer of the medical device to get information on what is and isn't safe.

The statement adds: "Manufacturers often provide recommendations on the safe use of their devices around wireless or magnetic products to prevent possible interference.

"If you suspect iPhone or any MagSafe accessories are interfering with your medical device, stop using your iPhone or MagSafe accessories."


The updated advice comes after a recent report in the Heart Rhythm Journal which noted the danger of using iPhone 12 when having a pacemaker.

The report said in part: "We hereby bring an important public health issue concerning the newer generation iPhone 12 which can potentially inhibit lifesaving therapy in a patient particularly while carrying the phone in upper pockets."

On a much less serious level, those of you who do use MagSafe accessories with your iPhone 12 should also be aware of the potential risk it causes to any items you have that have magnetic strips, such as credit cards and security badges, as the magnets may damage them, too.

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Topics: Technology, Apple