Apple has updated its warning for users with pacemakers or any other implanted medical device, cautioning them to keep their iPhone at least 15 centimetres away from their chest. The updated warning applies to iPhone 13, and iPhone 14, AirPods, Apple Watch, HomePod, iPad, Mac, and Beats headphones.
Magnets and the electromagnetic field emitted by the smartphone can interfere with the normal operation of such devices, potentially even leading to death. Apple also does not recommend placing any of these devices near a person’s chest with implanted cardiac devices.
While many electronic devices carry these risks, people with similar implants are usually aware. The initial warning came with the iPhone 12 in October 2020. After the American Heart Association issued a statement, Apple updated its warning to include a larger range of products.
Apple’s MagSafe technology, introduced with the iPhone 12, uses a powerful magnet under the back cover of the smartphone. This magnet can potentially interfere with the pacemaker operation’s timing and even deactivate the rescue functions of an implanted defibrillator.
All owners of such devices should be aware of the possible risks and adhere to the security requirements prescribed by Apple. In case of doubt, they should consult their physician and medical device manufacturer for further guidance.