Tuesday, March 9

the MagSafe would be dangerous in case of heart problems

MagSafe technology brings many improvements for charging iPhone 12. But it would not necessarily be recommended if wearing medical devices. In question, a bad interaction with the magnets.

Apple's MagSafe charger

Apple’s MagSafe charger // Gamesdone: Frandroid / Melinda DAVAN-SOULAS

So inclined to put health first in its products, Apple has found it important to issue a warning for one of its latest technologies. According to a message support on its own site, the firm admits that the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro contain many more magnets, components and transmitters than previous models of the home smartphone. One explanation for this: the MagSafe innovation tucked away on the back of devices to allow better wireless charging.

MagSafe accessories also affected

Apple assures us that these magnets should not present a greater risk of magnetic interference with medical devices than previous iPhones, even if they do create electromagnetic fields. However, the California-based company recognizes that certain devices such as ” Implanted pacemakers and defibrillators may contain sensors that respond to nearby magnets and transmitters. »

In other words, MagSafe could disrupt the operation of pacemaker-type cardiac stimulation devices that an iPhone 12 user (mini like iPhone 12 Pro Max too) would wear, as well as compatible accessories which also include magnets. “If you suspect that the iPhone or any other MagSafe accessory is interfering with your medical device, stop using it. “Simply recommends the brand, which also encourages people to contact their doctor and the manufacturer of the medical device.

Apple therefore recommends maintaining a distance of at least 15 cm between your iPhone 12 and yourself when wearing such a device. And even to position yourself more than 30 cm from a MagSafe wireless charger with the iPhone charging on it (MagSafe Charger, MagSafe Duo or any other device such as the Belkin charging station).

Manufacturers aware of the problem

Reported by the site PhoneArena, a study ofHeart Rhythm Journal has shown that a Medtronic pacemaker turns off near an iPhone 12. According to the Medical Xpress,manufacturers are aware of such a concern and could reduce the use of magnets in their products or rely on a method that limits interference and thus the impact on devices such as pacemakers.

From left to right: iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Max

From left to right: iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Max // Gamesdone: Frandroid / Arnaud GELINEAU

« Unless they adhere to smarter device configuration options, companies like Medtronic will continue to battle consumer devices and lose.”Explains Medical Xpress. “Solutions don’t have to be costly ”, adds the site, citing examples of even inexpensive remote control or ultrasonic headphones. “These products simply work. They use a simple code to make sure that there is no interference from any other ambient sources invariably present. “

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