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Keep these Apple devices away from your pacemaker and other medical gadgets

Apple has quitely expanded its list of devices that may interfere with your medical devices. The guidance on the potential magnetic interference of gadgets with medical devices mentions those that should be kept a “safe distance away”.
Earlier this year, Apple released a support article that said, “Medical devices such as implanted pacemakers and defibrillators might contain sensors that respond to magnets and radios when in close contact. 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 12inch/30cm apart if wirelessly charging). But consult with your physician and your device manufacturer for specific guidelines.”
However at the same time, Apple continues to state that while all iPhone 12 models contain more magnets than prior iPhone models, they are “not expected to pose a greater risk of magnetic interference to medical devices than prior iPhone models.” Other than the names of devices shared by the company, certain other Apple products too contain magnets that are unlikely to interfere with medical devices.
Here’s the list of products, which Apple notes contain magnets, and that the company says should be kept a safe distance from your medical device:
AirPods and charging cases

  • AirPods and Charging Case
  • AirPods and Wireless Charging Case
  • AirPods Pro and Wireless Charging Case
  • AirPods Max and Smart Case

Apple Watch and accessories

  • Apple Watch
  • Apple Watch bands with magnets
  • Apple Watch magnetic charging accessories

HomePod

iPad and accessories

  • iPad
  • iPad mini
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Pro
  • iPad Smart Covers and Smart Folios
  • iPad Smart Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio
  • Magic Keyboard for iPad

iPhone and MagSafe accessories

  • iPhone 12 models
  • MagSafe accessories

Mac and accessories

  • Mac mini
  • Mac Pro
  • MacBook Air
  • MacBook Pro
  • iMac
  • Apple Pro Display XDR

Beats

  • Beats Flex
  • Beats X
  • PowerBeats Pro
  • UrBeats3

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