Tech2 news teamJune 29, 2021 3:34:55 PM IS
Apple has shared a list of products that can cause potential magnetic interference with medical devices. Apple revealed this in a published report on June 25, 2021.
Apple says: “Under certain conditions, magnets and electromagnetic fields can interfere with medical devices. For example, implanted pacemakers and defibrillators may contain sensors that respond to magnets and radios when in close contact.”
Therefore, Apple suggests that to avoid any potential magnetic interaction / interference, Apple products should be kept at a safe distance from medical devices. The Cupertino giant recommends that Apple devices be kept more than 6 inches or 15 cm apart, or more than 12 inches or 30 cm if charged wirelessly.
In particular, these guidelines may vary depending on the medical devices you are using. It is best to consult your doctor or medical device manufacturer about the same. Also, in case you feel that your Apple device is interfering with your medical device, then it is better to stop using the Apple product and consult your doctor immediately.
Apple released this notice days after a An American Heart Association (AHA) study was published., which stated that Apple’s MagSafe technology devices can cause clinically significant interference with heart devices such as pacemakers when placed near these devices or on the skin.
“The MagSafe technology in Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro Max can cause magnetic interference in cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) and has the potential to inhibit life-saving therapy,” the AHA had said.
For the uninitiated, several Apple devices use MagSafe, a proprietary wireless charging technology, with a series of magnets that has the ability to generate a magnetic field strength of more than 50 gauss (G).
Apple has also published the list of its products that use magnet and it is recommended to keep them away from medical devices. Those include:
AirPods and charging cases
- AirPods and charging case
- AirPods and Wireless Charging Case
- AirPods Pro and Wireless Charging Case
- AirPods Max and Smart Case
Apple Watch and accessories
- Apple watch
- Apple Watch straps with magnets
- Magnetic Charging Accessories for Apple Watch
iPad and accessories
- Ipad mini
- Ipad air
- iPad Pro
- Smart Cases and Smart Folders for iPad
- iPad Smart Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio
- Magic Keyboard for iPad
Accessories for iPhone and MagSafe
- iPhone 12 models
- MagSafe Accessories
Mac and accessories
- Mac mini
- Mac Pro
- MacBook Air
- Macbook Pro
- Apple Pro Display XDR
- Beats Flex
- Beats X
- PowerBeats Pro
Apple has also said that in addition to the products listed above, there are a few others that also contain magnets, but are unlikely to interfere with medical devices.