APPLE users with medical devices have been advised to keep their consumer electronics at a safe distance.
Most consumer electronics, like the iPhone 14, are made with magnets or components that emit electromagnetic fields.
This, in turn, can interfere with certain medical devices “under certain conditions,” Apple said in a statement. blog post.
“For example, implanted defibrillators and pacemakers may contain sensors that respond to magnets and radios when in close contact,” Apple writes.
Of course, if you don’t have an implanted medical device, you can keep your phone as close to you as you like.
To avoid potential interactions with these types of medical devices, Apple recommends that your product be kept at a safe distance from your medical device.
This means more than 6 inches (or 15 cm) away or more than 12 inches (or 30 cm) away if charging wirelessly.
Apple also told users to always check with their doctor and the manufacturer of their medical device for specific guidelines.
If you suspect that your Apple product is interfering with your medical device, stop using your Apple product, the tech giant recommended.
Below is a complete list of items that contain magnets and could interfere with a medical device.
AirPods and cases
- AirPods and charging case
- AirPods Pro and charging case
- AirPods Max and smart case
Apple Watch and accessories
- apple watch
- Apple Watch straps with magnets
- Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Accessories
iPad and accessories
- ipad air
- iPad Pro
- Smart Covers and Smart Folios for iPad
- iPad Smart Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio
- magic keyboard folio
- Magic Keyboard for iPad
Accessories for iPhone and MagSafe
- iPhone 12 models
- iPhone 13 models
- iPhone 14 models
- MagSafe Accessories
mac and accessories
- mini mac
- Mac Pro
- macbook air
- macbook pro
- Apple Pro XDR Display
- flexible beats
- Beats Studio Headphones
- Powerbeats Pro
Apple noted that other products also contain magnets, but they are unlikely to interfere with medical devices.
They provide more safety information in the Important Safety Information sections of the user guides for apple products.