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Magnets inside iPhone 12 line, MagSafe accessories could interfere with medical device

In a new support document, Apple notes that the magnets inside the iPhone 12 line-up and MagSafe accessories could interfere with medical devices. 

The smartphone contains magnets as well as components and radios that emit electromagnetic fields. All MagSafe accessories also contain magnets—and the MagSafe Charger and MagSafe Duo Charger contain radios. Apple says that these magnets and electromagnetic fields might interfere with medical devices. 

“Though all iPhone 12 models contain more magnets than prior iPhone models, they’re not expected to pose a greater risk of magnetic interference to medical devices than prior iPhone models,” according to the support document. “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 six inches apart or more than 12 inches apart if wirelessly charging). 

Apple says to consult with your physician and your device manufacturer for specific guidelines. The tech giant adds that you should consult your physician and medical device manufacturer for information specific to your medical device and whether you need to maintain a safe distance of separation between your medical device and iPhone or any MagSafe accessories.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.