Apple Warns iPhone Can "Interfere" With Cardiac Devices

Apple Warns iPhone Can "Interfere" With Cardiac Devices  

BY TYLER DURDEN FRIDAY, JUL 02, 2021 - 09:20 PM 

Apple has released a long list of products it says should be kept away from implanted pacemakers and defibrillators because it may "interfere" with the medical devices. 

"Many consumer-electronic devices contain magnets or components and radios that emit electromagnetic fields," Apple said, adding that "to avoid any potential interactions with these types of medical devices, keep your Apple product a safe distance away from your medical device (more than 6 inches / 15 cm apart or more than 12 inches / 30 cm apart if wirelessly charging)." 

Apple doesn't explain what could happen when its products come in close contact with pacemakers and defibrillators. Still, one could assume the worst circumstance could be the deactivation of a medical device and may result in death. 

"If you suspect that your Apple product is interfering with your medical device, stop using your Apple product and consult your physician and your medical-device manufacturer," the company warned. 

Here are the products Apple wants to keep away from your medical devices: 

AirPods and charging cases

  • AirPods and Charging Case
  • AirPods and Wireless Charging Case 
  • AirPods Pro and Wireless Charging Case
  • AirPods Max and Smart Case

Apple Watch and accessories

  • Apple Watch
  • Apple Watch bands with magnets
  • Apple Watch magnetic charging accessories


  • HomePod 
  • HomePod mini

iPad and accessories

  • iPad
  • iPad mini
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Pro
  • iPad Smart Covers and Smart Folios
  • iPad Smart Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio
  • Magic Keyboard for iPad

iPhone and MagSafe accessories

  • iPhone 12 models
  • MagSafe accessories

Mac and accessories

  • Mac mini
  • Mac Pro
  • MacBook Air
  • MacBook Pro
  • iMac
  • Apple Pro Display XDR


  • Beats Flex
  • Beats X
  • PowerBeats Pro
  • UrBeats3

Perhaps Apple's warning comes as a new analysis in the American Heart Association Journal warns that certain Apple iPhones can cause significant issues with cardiac implantable electronic devices.


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