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The new Apple iPhone 12 and MagSafe accessories could be interfering with people who have implanted pacemakers and defibrillators. 

Apple is one of the top electronics companies worldwide known for its new and improved iPhone release every year. 

The iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max were released last October.

Apple released a statement on their support page saying the new iPhone devices and MagSafe charging accessories have magnets and other components inside that can emit electromagnetic fields on Jan. 23.

The statement warns Apple users to keep the new iPhone at least six inches away from the implanted medical device.

“Medical devices such as implanted pacemakers and defibrillators might contain sensors that respond to magnets and radios when in close contact,” Apple said in a statement. 

“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).”

The MagSafe charging accessories allow Apple users to charge their devices wirelessly.

Apple has asked their users to consult with their primary physician and medical device manufacturers for more information. 

Apple said in the statement that although the iPhone 12 devices include more magnets than older iPhone models, it does not pose a greater risk to individuals with implanted pacemakers and defibrillators. 

The Heart Rhythm Society released a report on Jan. 4 that included the tests they made with magnetic interference of an iPhone 12. The report outlined the magnetic inference of patients with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) and noticed the immediate suspension of the ICD. 

“We hereby bring an important public health issue concerning the newer generation iPhone 12 which can potentially inhibit lifesaving therapy in a patient particularly while carrying the phone in upper pockets,” the Heart Rhythm Society said in a statement. 

“Contemporary studies have shown minimal risk of electromagnetic interference with ICDs and prior smartphones without magnetic arrays.”

Apple product users should also avoid using the new iPhone and MagSafe accessories if they feel an interference with their implanted medical devices.

Written ByLauren Akabori

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