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Apple’s iPhone 12 range is selling in record numbers but now Apple has issued an updated warning to its millions of owners and also extended this to AirPods, iPad, Apple Watch, HomePod and MacBook users as well.
In a new support document, Apple has significantly revised its guidance regarding the “potential magnetic interference with medical devices” caused by its products. The revisions greatly expand the number of its products the company believes may cause interference with medical devices and removes language which previously downplayed the risks. If you own an Apple device, you need to understand the changes.
The most surprising development is Apple no longer limits this warning to iPhone 12 models, as it did previously (WayBack Machine copy of this support page). Now Apple lists all models of AirPods and their charging cases, Apple Watch and its magnet bands and accessories, HomePod and HomePod Mini, all iPad models and their smart covers and keyboards, all Mac and MacBook models and Beats X, Flex, PowerBeats Pro and UrBeats 3.
“Keep these products a safe distance away from your medical device,” Apple warns. It also draws a clear distinction between them and its other devices, saying “Certain other Apple products contain magnets that are unlikely to interfere with medical devices.” This is a big change from previous language on the page which said: “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.”
Explaining the risk, Apple reveals that:
“Under certain conditions, magnets and electromagnetic fields might interfere with medical devices. For example, implanted pacemakers and defibrillators might contain sensors that respond to magnets and radios when in close contact. To…