Apple has released a list of its devices that should be kept away from pacemakers. The tech major warns in a new note that the magnets and radios used in these devices can interfere with the working of several medical equipment, including pacemakers and defibrillators.

In an updated support page, Apple states that many of its consumer-electronic devices make use of magnets or other components that emit electromagnetic fields. This EMF, in some cases, can interfere with implanted pacemakers and defibrillators through the sensors used in the medical devices.

Apple also mentions ways to be safe from any such possible interaction. It warns that users should keep their Apple devices (as mentioned in the list) “a safe distance away” from their medical device. It specifies the distance to be more than 6 inches or 15 cm apart or more than 12 inches or 30 cm apart if charging wirelessly.

Apple also states that users should stop using their Apple product and consult with their physician if they suspect interference with their medical device.

Apple’s warning applies to a list of Apple devices. As was obvious, products with MagSafe support are not advised to be kept near such medical devices. Though there are numerous other products that fall in this category.

All models of AirPods, for instance, are supposed to be kept away from medical devices. Their charging cases, including the wireless charging case and the Smart Case with AirPods Max, must also be kept at a distance.

Apple Watch, its bands with magnets, as well as its magnetic charging accessories also fall under this list. As for the iPad lineup, iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air and iPad Pro, along a number of iPad accessories have also been mentioned to be potentially dangerous.

Among the Mac series, Mac mini, Mac Pro, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac make it to the list. Apple Pro Display XDR has also been named. Other Apple devices include HomePod, HomePod mini, Beats products, iPhone 12 models as well as MagSafe accessories.

Apple says that some other Apple products also contain magnets but these that are “unlikely to interfere with medical devices.”


https://www.indiatoday.in/technology/news/story/iphone-12-macbook-air-apple-watch-and-more-apple-devices-among-products-to-keep-away-from-pacemakers-1820440-2021-06-28