Apple has important safety tips for these iPhone users
Heart diseases are very common in India and so is the use of implanted pacemakers and defibrillators. Last month a study done by Heart Rhythm Journal claimed that certain pacemakers could get deactivated when an iPhone 12 is kept near it. The team experimented with a pacemaker model from Medtronic and the iPhone 12. It is already known that pacemakers can get impacted when magnets are placed near it. The thing is the new iPhone 12 series phones have a lot of magnets inside, thanks to the new MagSafe wireless charging tech.
Responding to the study by Heart Rhythm Journal, Medtronic in a statement said, “As a precaution, we advise patients implanted with cardiac devices to maintain a distance of six inches (15 cm) between all cell phones and their implanted devices, consistent with recommendations for other low wattage electromagnetic devices.”
After the report was published, Apple too has updated its support documents to explain the issue and have also provided guidelines. Apple has agreed that “all iPhone 12 models contain more magnets than prior iPhone models”. Having said that Apple claims that the iPhone 12 series are “not expected to pose a greater risk of magnetic interference to medical devices than prior iPhone models.”
Apple said, “iPhone contains magnets as well as components and radios that emit electromagnetic fields. All MagSafe accessories (each sold separately) also contain magnets—and MagSafe Charger and MagSafe Duo Charger contain radios. These magnets and electromagnetic fields might interfere with medical devices.”
As a cautionary step, Apple is advising people with pacemakers or those who are around people with pacemakers to consult their doctor 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.”
“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),” clarified Apple.