Apple has expanded its guidance on the potential magnetic interference of its gadgets with medical devices. In recent days, it released a long and detailed list of products that it says should be kept a “safe distance away” from medical devices.
In a support article, Apple acknowledged that under certain conditions, magnets and electromagnetic fields might interfere with medical devices. As an example, it said that implanted pacemakers and defibrillators might contain sensors that respond to magnets and radios when in close contact. The effect of the company’s products on medical devices, which it has addressed, has been a point of concern in recent months and prompted research on the subject.
“To avoid any potential interactions with these types of medical devices, keep your Apple product a safe distance away from your medical device (more than 6 inches / 15 cm apart or more than 12 inches / 30 cm apart if wirelessly charging),” Apple said. “Consult with your physician and your device manufacturer for specific guidelines.”
This is not a small matter. In January, researchers at the Henry Ford Heart and Vascular Institute explained that they placed an iPhone 12 over the heart of a patient with a Medtronic implanted cardioverter-defibrillator. They reported that the device’s operations were suspended every time. While the study was done a single patient, it raised important questions. Recently, a study by the American Heart Association examined the impact of an iPhone 12 Pro Max on a larger scale with various devices, finding that several of those tested had “magnetic susceptibility.”
Apple added in the support article that if an individual suspected that their Apple product was interfering with their medical advice, they should stop using the device immediately and consult with their physician and medical device manufacturer.
The detailed list of Apple products, which Apple notes contain magnets, that the company says should be kept a safe distance from your medical device is listed below.
AirPods and charging cases
- AirPods and Charging Case
- AirPods and Wireless Charging Case
- AirPods Pro and Wireless…