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Apple warns iPhone 12 users to keep their phones and MagSafe accessories 6 inches away from implanted medical devices like pacemakers

Apple is warning customers that its smartphones could interfere with medical devices.

In a notice published on Apple’s support page Saturday, the company  warned users that iPhones contain magnets and radios that emit electromagnetic fields, both of which “may interfere” with medical devices such as implanted pacemakers and defibrillators.

The Saturday notice specifically warned users about “the magnets inside” all four iPhone 12 models as well as MagSafe accessories as iPhone 12 versions contain more magnets than prior versions.

In the notice, Apple said that medical devices can contain sensors that may react to magnets or radio waves that come in close proximity and recommended keeping iPhones and MagSafe chargers a “safe distance” away from medical devices — more than 6 inches apart or 15 inches apart when charging wirelessly.
Health experts have long cautioned not to use or hold cellphones too close to implanted medical devices.For example, warning people not to store them in shirt pockets.
It is always advisable to consult your physician and medical device manufacturer for information specific to your medical device and whether you need to maintain a safe distance of separation between your medical device and your accessories.
Another thing iPhone 12 users should be aware of when using MagSafe chargers is to avoid placing credit cards, security badges, passports or key FOBs between their phone and MagSafe charger, as the magnets might damage magnetic strips or RFID chips in these items. If you have a phone case that holds such items, be sure to remove them before wirelessly charging your device.

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