THERE’S a new warning for Apple customers who also depend on life saving medical equipment like pacemakers not to let their iPhone 12 get too close.
The updated phones brought with them a new charging and accessory platform called MagSafe, which also increased the number of magnets in the devices.
MagSafe makes wireless charging faster and more reliable on the iPhone 12Credit: Apple
A few hours after the news came to light, that page was updated to reflect a slightly less reassuring note that had already been placed on the company’s US website.
“Medical devices such as implanted pacemakers and defibrillators might contain sensors that respond to magnets and radios when in close contact,” Apple warned in an update on Saturday.
“To avoid any potential interactions with these devices, keep your iPhone and MagSafe accessories a safe distance away from your device … but consult with your physician and your device manufacturer for specific guidelines,” the company said.
It can also be used to add accessories like cases and walletsCredit: Apple
The device manufacturer is Apple for the phones themselves.
Apple advises that the “safe distance” for customers with pacemakers is “more than 15 centimetres” for the iPhone 12.
And “more than 30 centimetres” if it’s wirelessly charging on one of the MagSafe chargers that contains an additional radio as well as magnets.
One pacemaker-user who recently purchased an iPhone 12 Mini told news.com.au they would no longer be keeping the phone in their front shirt pocket after hearing the new advice.
The update came a few weeks after cardiologists at Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital demonstrated an iPhone 12 interfering with a patient’s implanted cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).
“Once the iPhone was brought close to the ICD over the left chest area, immediate suspension of ICD therapies was noted which persisted for the duration of the test,” the doctors noted in their yet-to-be published correspondence with the scientific journal Heart Rhythm.
A version of this article first appeared on News.com.au.
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