Apple warns iPhone 12 handset could be dangerous for some users
Apple has issued an extended warning that the additional magnets found in iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max as well as MagSafe accessories could pose a risk to people with pacemakers and defibrillators.
The company had previously acknowledged the potential for the magnets to interfere with certain implanted medical equipment, but has now gone further in explaining the risk and offering advice. Apple says that distancing is important, particularly when charging wirelessly.
As long ago as October last year Apple said that there was a risk of electromagnetic interference with certain medical devices. The company has now updated a previously issued support document that warned of the dangers to include some further advice. Specifically, Apple has now provided information about how far to keep iPhone and MagSafe accessories from sensitive medical equipment.
The updated advice comes after a report published in the Heart Rhythm Journal warned of the risk from newer generation iPhone 12 "which can potentially inhibit lifesaving therapy in a patient particularly while carrying the phone in upper pockets".