Phones’ Effect on Pacemakers

Apple issues warning to keep new iPhones away from pacemakers.

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New iPhones can have a dangerous effect on implanted medical devices.

Kalyn McLeod, Columnist

Last year Apple released the new iPhone 12. Ever since then, the phone’s popularity has increased, with good reviews too. The phone’s wireless charging feature with MagSafe allows for easy, quick charging. However, there is one major drawback, one that only affects a select group of people. People, like myself, with pacemakers.

The magnets used in the iPhone 12 could be dangerous when in close contact with packers, defibulators, and any other device reliant on magnetic signals. Apple’s Support Page explains that the iPhone and MagSafe products all contain magnets and emit strong electromagnetic fields. This could increase the chances of a malfunction in a pacemaker or similar medical devices. Apple claims that even though this model does have more magnets, it shouldn’t pose as a greater risk than any previous model. There has been much controversy as to why Apple is just recently expanding on safety features and guidance, according to CNN. A study by the Heart Rhythm Society earlier this month explained how the phone and MagSafe could affect other implanted devices.

There are still a lot of unknowns when it comes to this new technology and its effects on medical devices, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you or a loved one has a pacemaker or any device that could be affected, try to keep all Apple products at least six inches away from the device and not take any chances.