Earlier this month, a survey in the Heart Rhythm Journal indicated that the iPhone 12’s new Magsaf technology could disable pacemakers in some situations. Apple has responded to these claims by updating a support document with new suggestions for iPhone 12 users with implanted pacemakers and defibrillators on these websites.
However, it goes without saying that the iPhone 12 “does not pose a greater risk of magnetic interference in the treatment device than the iPhone’s previous model.”
The first support document was released as the MacArthur after the launch of the iPhone 12, Apple has added a new paragraph focusing on users with implanted medical devices. Apple says the plaintiffs should keep their iPhone 12 and Magsaf accessories more than 6 inches away from medical devices:
Treatment devices such as implanted pacemakers and defibrillators may contain sensors that respond to magnets and radios when in close contact. To avoid any possible interaction with these devices, keep your iPhone and Magsaf’s accessories at a safe distance from your device (6 inches / 15cm higher or 12 inches / 30cm higher if wirelessly charged). However, consult your physician and your device manufacturer for specific guidelines.
Apple further added that although the iPhone 12 models “have more magnetism than previous iPhone models,” they “do not expect a greater risk of magnetic interference in the treatment device than previous iPhone models.”
Apple has new suggestions for users of Magsaf Charger and Magsaf Duo Charger:
All MagSafe accessories (each sold separately) also contain magnets Mag and MagSafe charger and MagSafe Duo charger has radio. These magnetic and electronic magnetic fields can interfere with the treatment device.
As we published last month, research by the Heart Rhythm Journal found that a Medtronic pacemaker can be disabled by keeping it close to the iPhone 12. Again the problem is with the magnets, not necessarily the iPhone 12 can affect any magnetic pacemaker of the right strength.
On the Apple Support website you can find Apple’s full support document titled “About Magnet About iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max and Magsaf Accessories”.
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