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Apple warns magnets in iPhone and MagSafe ‘might interfere’ with pacemakers

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Apple is warning customers that its smartphones could interfere with medical devices, including pacemakers. The radiofrequency radiation and magnet, installed in iPhone can affect the working of pacemaker and defibrillator.

iPhone company on its website has issued a warning regarding their smartphones which can disturb the working of pacemakers and defibrillators.

The company says that all four iPhone 12 models are equipped with the magnet, the quantity of which is more than those of the previous ones but these new models do not affect the working of pacemakers, etc.

The apple company has warned to keep the iPhone at the distance of 6 inches and at the time of charging, the distance should increase to 15 inches.

The medical scientists are also of the view that some phones of the apples are so dangerous that they could cause even the stoppage of pacemakers. A pacemaker is a medical device that is placed in the heart for its smooth working. In Pakistan, it is generally called the “battery of heart” 

In an essay, published in Heart Rhythm, a renowned medical journal, it has been claimed that the magnets, installed in the iPhones 12 can interfere with the defibrillator or pacemaker therefore, the patients who have gone through the operations should avoid keeping mobile phone in their pockets or near their heart.

In a statement, the apple company has warned the heart patients to give up the use of the same if their MagSafe is interfering in the devices, fitted in the heart.

The apple company said that consult your physician and medical device manufacturer for information, specific to your medical device and whenever you need to maintain a safe distance of separation between your medical device and iPhone or any MagSafe accessories.

It added that manufacturers often provide recommendations on the safe use of their devices around wireless or magnetic products to prevent possible interference.

Moreover, heart experts have been cautioning for long not to hold cellphones too close to implanted medical devices. It has been warned not to keep the mobile phone in the pockets of shirts.

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