iPhone 12 and MagSafe accessories may interfere with medical equipment

When Apple first launched the iPhone 12 series, users asked whether the coils and strong magnets contained in such devices would cause the magnetic stripe of credit cards and other magnetic stripe cards to fail.

But facts have proved that the strong magnets and coils contained in such devices do cause some interference, especially the interference of strong magnetic and electromagnetic fields on precision medical equipment.

A few days ago, Apple issued a support announcement to explain this issue in detail. Of course, Apple’s explanation was written after the research institute found the problem.

Earlier this month, a doctor in Michigan in the United States conducted a test on such problems. The purpose of the test was to study whether the iPhone 12 would interfere with medical equipment.

Tests have shown that if the iPhone 12 is brought close to the patient’s implantable cardioversion defibrillator, the device will immediately suspend work and resume work when it is away.

Therefore, the doctor wrote that such devices may inhibit the patient’s life-saving equipment, especially when the iPhone 12 is placed in the jacket pocket.

Doctors suggest that medical device manufacturers and implant doctors should be vigilant and make patients aware of the potential impact of devices such as the iPhone 12.

In its support announcement, Apple stated that the iPhone 12 does contain more magnets than the previous generation, but the risk of interference with medical equipment is not expected to be higher than that of the previous generation.

The iPhone 12 contains magnets, components that emit electromagnetic fields, and wireless chargers. MagSafe accessories also include magnets and radio devices.

Medical devices such as implantable cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators may contain sensors, which respond to magnets and radios when in close contact.

To avoid any potential interaction between Apple devices and medical devices, users are requested to keep the iPhone and MagSafe magnetic accessories away from the medical devices.

Apple stated that users should keep the device and medical equipment at a distance of more than 15 cm when not charging, and more than 30 cm when charging.

If you suspect that iPhone 12 or other models and accessories are interfering with your medical equipment, you should immediately stop using iPhone and MagSafe accessories.

Via: macrumors