Earlier in the year, concerns were raised that the latest iPhones and MagSafe wireless chargers could have health implications for people with pacemakers, and Apple confirmed the situation with an updated support document.

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Now, though, the Food and Drug Administration has conducted investigations into both kinds of device and has reached its own conclusions which will be reassuring to many.

While Apple’s support document had this advice: “To avoid any potential interactions with these devices, keep your iPhone and MagSafe accessories a safe distance away from your device (more than 6 inches / 15 cm apart or more than 12 inches / 30 cm apart if wirelessly charging). But consult with your physician and your device manufacturer for specific guidelines.”

The FDA released a statement in the last few days stating that it continues to monitor the effects of magnets on consumer electronics on implanted medical devices. It said that it had conducted tests to inform recommendations for patients.

The FDA said, “As a result of these actions, today we’re taking steps to provide information for patients and health care providers to ensure they are aware of potential risks and can take simple proactive and preventative measures. We believe the risk to patients is low and the agency is not aware of any adverse events associated with this issue at this time.”

This is reassuring, though it goes on to say that the potency of magnets, and therefore potentially the risk level, is only likely to get bigger: “However, the number of consumer electronics with strong magnets is expected to increase over time. Therefore, we recommend people with implanted medical devices talk with their health care provider to ensure they understand this potential risk and the proper techniques for safe use.”

Drill down into the specifics of its advised precautions, and the guidance seems similar to Apple’s, that people with implanted medical devices may want to keep “certain cell phones and smart watches six inches away from implanted medical devices.”

Well, none of this mentions Apple Watch or iPhone 12 specifically, but the relevance is crystal-clear: in the same document, a section called Related Articles lists six other sources of further reading, and three of those are specifically about iPhone 12 series phones.

The FDA’s measured response does not mean there’s no issue here, but the fact that it assesses the risk to patients as low is a positive sign.

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidphelan/2021/05/16/apple-iphone-12-health-safety-warning-updated-in-new-report-iphone-12-pro-max/