Apple updates MagSafe support with medical device alerts

Apple has updated a support document warning iPhone users that MagSafe could potentially interfere with pacemakers, defibrillators, and other medical implants that could be affected by magnets.

The iPhone 12 series magnets and MagSafe accessories are meant to line up the wireless charging coils, as well as keep the accessories attached to the back of the iPhone itself. While the magnets may not be strong to cause noticeable problems for regular users, people with medical conditions that require specialized equipment may encounter problems if their iPhone gets too close.

In an update to support page on magnets used for MagSafe, Apple added language warning that medical devices, including implanted pacemakers and defibrillators, “may contain sensors that respond to magnets and radios when in close contact.” Apple does not explain what could happen in these cases, but the worst circumstance could be the deactivation of a medical device and the potential death of a user.

“To avoid potential interactions with these devices, keep your iPhone and MagSafe accessories at a safe distance from your device,” suggests Apple. The suggested distances are normally greater than 6 inches, increased to more than 12 inches when wireless charging.

The text, stained MacRumors also recommends consulting a physician and device manufacturer for “specific guidelines” in relation to MagSafe. If users suspect that an iPhone or MagSafe accessory is interfering with their medical device, Apple tells users to stop using the iPhone or accessory immediately.

The update follows after a article in the Heart Rhythm Journal of three Michigan doctors who tested the effects of MagSafe on a patient’s implantable cardioverter defibrillator. When the iPhone was brought close to the patient’s chest, the implant immediately stopped working normally.

There is no indication that the doctors’ findings influenced Apple to make the change to the support page.

Via: appleinsider.com

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