Feb 08, 2021 News
There is a set of magnets in the iPhone 12 series, which can help the mobile phone to align the MagSafe charging accessories to maximize wireless charging; but magnetic substances may affect cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators. Keep iPhone and MagSafe accessories at a safe distance from such devices.
To test the degree of risk, Gurjit Singh, an expert at the Henry Ford Heart and Vascular Institute, and his colleagues recently conducted further tests to understand the extent to which Apple products affect heart devices. Dr. Singh and his colleagues were curious about the possible interference from electronic devices. He picked up the iPhone 12 Pro and passed it through the patient's chest through an implantable defibrillator.
Dr. Singh said: “When we brought the iPhone close to the patient’s chest, the defibrillator was disabled. We saw the function of the device in a suspended state on the external defibrillator monitor. When the phone was removed from the patient’s chest, the defibrillator immediately resumed its normal function."
After unveiling this fact, Dr. Singh and his colleagues immediately submitted their report to the HeartRhythm Medical Journal, which was published on January 4, 2021. According to Dr. Singh, more than 300,000 people in the United States receive surgical implants each year, and about a quarter of the smart phones sold last year were iPhone 12.
“We believe that our findings have had a profound impact on the people who use these devices every day. They put their phones in their shirt’s pockets or upper pockets or jackets without knowing that doing so might be potentially dangerous."
Users do not need to worry too much about this problem. As long as the mobile phone is about 15 cm away from the heart device, there will be no danger. It not only implies on iPhone 12, but also other mobile phones or electronic devices with the magnet.
It’s common sense to keep magnets away from pacemakers, but people don’t realize that the iPhone 12 has built-in magnets.
Apple recently added the following paragraphs to its supporting documents in order to inform users:
Medical devices such as implantable pacemakers and defibrillators may contain sensors that respond to magnets and radios when in close contact. To avoid any potential interaction with these devices, please keep your iPhone and MagSafe accessories at a safe distance from the device (if wireless charging is used, 6 inches (15 cm) or 12 inches (30 cm) apart. Please consult your doctor and device manufacturer for instructions.