Here is a list of Apple devices that can cause magnetic interference on medical devices


Over the weekend, Apple just updated its support page about a list of devices that should be kept away from medical devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators. Why is that? Well, apparently the Apple devices can cause potential magnetic interference.

Apple also stated that to keep the devices at a distance, they should be more than 6 inches apart or more than 12 inches if the Apple product is being charged wirelessly. For the record, 6 inches is 15.24 cm and 12 inches is 30.48 cm. This essentially means you shouldn't play any Apple devices to avoid any potential magnetic interference.

Below is the complete list of Apple devices to watch out for:

  • AirPods and Charging Case
  • AirPods and Wireless Charging Case
  • AirPods Pro and Wireless Charging Case
  • AirPods Max and Smart Case
  • Apple Watch
  • Apple Watch bands with magnets
  • Apple Watch magnetic charging accessories
  • HomePod
  • HomePod mini
  • iPad
  • iPad mini
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Pro
  • iPad Smart Covers and Smart Folios
  • iPad Smart Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio
  • Magic Keyboard for iPad
  • iPhone 12 models
  • MagSafe accessories
  • Mac mini
  • Mac Pro
  • MacBook Air
  • MacBook Pro
  • iMac
  • Apple Pro Display XDR
  • Beats Flex
  • Beats X
  • PowerBeats Pro
  • UrBeats3

In early June, lead study investigator Dr Michael Wu, a cardiologist at Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Brown University was surprised by the strength of magnets used in the iPhone 12 series. After a small study discovered that an iPhone 12 Pro can cause 11 out of 14 cardiac devices to experience interference, the research has a strong conclusion about magnetic electronic devices shouldn't be near them.

Apparently, Apple did acknowledge that the iPhone 12 series could cause electromagnetic interference on medical devices. But since the company updated the support page, it's no longer a "could" but definitely a black and white statement with the aforementioned devices above. You can read more about it right here.

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