Apple Releases List of Products That Interfere With Medical Devices

Double check to see if your Apple device is on the list

Apple is warning customers about how the magnetic tech in your Apple devices could interfere with medical devices. 

According to a recent support page, Apple said that the magnets and electromagnetic fields in some Apple products might interfere with some medical devices. The reasoning behind this is because some medical devices—Apple names implanted pacemakers and defibrillators as two examples—might contain sensors that respond to these magnets when they are in close contact. 

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Apple is recommending that customers keep their Apple devices and medical devices at a safe distance of at least 6 inches from each other. 

“To avoid any potential interactions with these types of medical devices, keep your Apple product a safe distance away from your medical device (more than 6 inches/15 cm apart or more than 12 inches/30 cm apart if wirelessly charging),” Apple explained on its support page. 

Some of the listed products include AirPods and their charging case, the Apple Watch, the MacBook Pro, the HomePod, the iMac, the iPad, and more. The tech giant said that other certain Apple products contain magnets, but that if they do not appear on the list, they are unlikely to cause significant interference with medical devices. 

It’s important to note that the only phone model Apple mentions in this list is the iPhone 12, so if you have an older iPhone model, your phone probably won’t affect medical devices. 

Apple uses magnets in its devices for things like the sensor that knows you’ve closed the lid on your MacBook and the iPad Pro’s 102 magnets used for adding accessories like the Apple Pencil or the Smart Keyboard. 

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