Apple cautions its users that its newest iPhone 12 model might interfere with some medical devices if held too close to them.
The company issued an update on its support page on Saturday, January 23, about how the magnets and radios emitting electromagnetic fields on all four iPhone 12 models and MagSafe accessories might affect implanted devices like pacemakers and defibrillators.
Apple noted that while the iPhone 12 series comes with more magnets, these don’t pose a greater risk of magnetic interference than earlier models. But it still recommends keeping the iPhone 12 and MagSafe accessories more than six inches away when using the phone or more than a foot away while charging wirelessly.
You can use it as you usually do, but avoid placing the phone in your shirt pocket or on your chest when you’re lying down.
In the notice, Apple said to consult your physician or the medical device’s manufacturer to get specifics on your device and whether it’s safe to use the iPhone 12. If you feel like it might interfere, it would be best to stop using it, Apple reminded.
[Apple] still recommends keeping the iPhone 12 and MagSafe accessories more than six inches away when using the phone or more than a foot away while wirelessly charging.
Apple didn’t mention why it expanded its safety guidance now. But the Heart Rhythm Journal released a report earlier this month claiming the iPhone 12’s magnets that work with MagSafe accessories could interfere with an implanted defibrillator’s ability to function correctly.
Keeping mobile phones away from medical devices isn’t new advice, though. Health experts have cautioned users to avoid these practices long ago. Here’s another reminder to be extra cautious.
Another reminder that we want to bring up is using MagSafe to charge the iPhone 12. Make sure credit cards, passports, security badges, or key FOBs aren’t between the iPhone and the MagSafe charger. If you have an iPhone case that stores your cards, take them out before you charge. Because if you don’t, the magnetic strips or RFID chips might get damaged.