What you need to know
- More research says that MagSafe in the iPhone 12 could be a danger to people with cardiac implantable electronic devices like pacemakers and defibrillators.
- The findings come from the Journal of the American Heart Association.
- Testing the iPhone 12 Pro Max, they found MagSafe "can cause magnet interference on CIEDs and has the potential to inhibit lifesaving therapy."
More research into MagSafe on the iPhone 12, specifically the iPhone 12 Pro Max, has confirmed that Apple's wireless charging tech "can cause magnet interference on CIEDs and has the potential to inhibit lifesaving therapy."
It comes from research published this week in the Journal of the American Heart Association. From the paper's abstract:
The conclusion of the abstract states "Apple's iPhone 12 Pro Max MagSafe technology can cause magnet interference on CIEDs and has the potential to inhibit lifesaving therapy." In explaining the findings the report states:
The findings were described as having "several clinical implications", and the paper's authors say the report "highlights the importance of public awareness regarding an interaction between CIEDs and a recently released smartphone model with magnetic charging capability." The paper recommends patients "consult with a heart rhythm specialist regarding recommendations specific to their smartphone and CIED."
This is not the first piece of research on the matter, and Apple itself has acknowledged the risk that the magnets in iPhone 12 could pose to medical devices. From a support document:
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