iPhone 12 and medical implants apparently don't mix. Indeed, a MacRumors article published on Saturday January 23, 2021 reports that after the launch of the iPhone 12 series last October, doctors warned against the appearance of magnetic interference with implantable medical devices.
In an article published in the Heart Rythm Journal this January, three doctors said that the iPhone 12 models could " potentially inhibit life-saving therapy in a patient ." The point is, these doctors tested how an iPhone 12 could react to a patient's implantable cardioverter defibrillator and found that the patient immediately stopped working for the duration of the test.
The doctors wasted no time and wrote in this article that the iPhone 12 presents “ a significant public health problem (…) that can potentially inhibit life-saving therapy in a patient, particularly by carrying the phone in the back. upper pockets ”.
Apple recognizes the facts
Faced with this article, Apple has decided to update its support document on Saturday, January 23, 2021. The firm at the apple has indeed recognized that its devices could cause electromagnetic interference with medical devices but it wanted to clarify that these iPhone 12 models are not expected to " present a greater risk of magnetic interference with medical devices than previous iPhone models ."
In its support document , Apple, in fact, added that " medical devices such as implanted pacemakers and defibrillators may contain sensors that react to magnets and radios when in close contact ." The company also specifies that “ all MagSafe accessories also contain magnets and the MagSafe charger and the MagSafe Duo charger contain radios ”.
A distance of 15 to 30 centimeters must be respected
However, Apple didn't just confirm what the doctors said, the company also advises its customers with an iPhone 12 to keep the iPhone and MagSafe accessories at a safe distance – more than 6 inches. or 15 centimeters away or more than 12 inches or 30 centimeters away in case of wireless charging " to avoid any potential interaction with these devices ". But the company also recommends consulting a doctor or the device manufacturer for specific guidelines.
Doctors, meanwhile, are advising medical device manufacturers and implant physicians to " remain vigilant to educate patients about this significant interaction of the iPhone 12 and other smart wearable devices with their implantable cardiac devices ."