Apple Lists Devices, Accessories to Keep Away from Pacemakers, Defibrillators Due to Magnets
(Photo : by Ming Yeung/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: The new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro on display during launch day on October 23, 2020 in London, England. Apple's latest 5G smartphones go on sale in the UK today. The iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be available from November 13.

Apple revealed which of its devices and accessories are necessarily kept away from pacemakers and defibrillators at a safe distance due to issues like magnetic interference. 

Apple Lists Devices, Accessories to Keep Away from Pacemakers, Defibrillators Due to Magnets
(Photo : by Ming Yeung/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: The new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro on display during launch day on October 23, 2020 in London, England. Apple's latest 5G smartphones go on sale in the UK today. The iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be available from November 13.

Apple has been warning its users to avoid keeping its devices, which have magnets, from pacemakers and defibrillators close as it could damage the health equipment. 

Actually, regardless if it is from the Cupertino company or elsewhere, magnetic devices could kill pacemakers and defibrillators. It has been common knowledge to the users of the said health devices. 

The straightforward rule for them is to keep the two away from magnets in general. 

However, this time around, Apple wanted to make it clear which among its devices and accessories included a metal-pulling material inside it. It had also discussed the relationship between such medical devices and magnets. 

Apple Devices, Accessories with Magnets: Why are They Bad for Pacemakers, Defibrillators? 

The Cupertino company said that electronic devices normally have magnets built into them. Plus, the radios and components inside them produce electromagnetic fields, which are basically metal-pulling as well. 

Apple said on its updated support page that magnets are likely to "interfere with medical devices." With that, the pacemakers and defibrillators could stop working properly as their sensors will become altered by the interference. 

The iPhone maker advised their users to follow a safe distance away from the said medical equipment of at least 6 inches. However, devices using the wireless charging function will need a minimum of 12 inches away. 

Nevertheless, Apple still recommended their users to ask their physician directly as manufacturers may have varying guidelines for their health devices. 

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Apple Devices, Accessories to Keep Away from Pacemakers, Defibrillators 

The support page of the tech giant has listed each device and accessories that contain magnets in it. Here are the devices to keep away from the aforementioned health tech:

  • iPad
  • iPad mini
  • iPad Air 
  • iPad Pro 
  • iPhones 12 (all models) 
  • Mac mini
  • Mac Pro 
  • MacBook Air 
  • MacBook Pro 
  • iMac 
  • Apple Pro Display XDR 
  • Apple Watch 
  • HomePod 
  • HomePod Mini

And for the Apple accessories, here is the list:

  • AirPods and Charging Case 
  • AirPod and Wireless Charging Case 
  • AirPods Pro and Wireless Charging Case 
  • AirPods Max and Smart Case 
  • Magic Keyboard for iPad 
  • iPad Smart Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio
  • iPad Smart Covers and Smart Folios 
  • MagSafe accessories 
  • Apple Watch magnetic bands 
  • Apple Watch magnetic charging accessories 

MacRumors reported that a study by the American Heart Association showed 11 of 14 cardiac devices faced problems as the researchers placed an iPhone 12 Pro Max near it at 1.5 cm. The issue occurred even as the health equipment is still sealed inside its box. 

On January 24, Apple specifically warned its users that iPhones and MagSafe Chargers should ideally be six inches apart from pacemakers. Later on, on February 8, a doctor echoed the warning of the Cupertino company and said that putting the said smartphone near the health device is "risky." 

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