April 21, 2024

APPLE users with medical devices have been warned to keep their consumer-electronic products at a safe distance.

Most consumer-electronic devices – like the iPhone 14 – are made with magnets or components that emit electromagnetic fields.

In turn, this can interfere with certain medical devices “under certain conditions,” Apple said in a blog post.

“For example, implanted pacemakers and defibrillators might contain sensors that respond to magnets and radios when in close contact,” Apple writes.

Of course, if you don’t have a medical device implanted then you can keep your phone as close to yourself as you want.

To avoid any potential interactions with these types of medical devices, Apple recommended your product be a safe distance away from your medical device.

This means more than 6 inches (or 15 cm) apart or more than 12 inches (or 30 cm) apart if wirelessly charging.

Apple also told users to always consult with their physician and their medical-device manufacturer for specific guidelines.

If you suspect that your Apple product is interfering with your medical device, stop using your Apple product, the tech giant recommended.

Below is a full list of items that contain magnets and could potentially interfere with a medical device.

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AirPods and cases

  • AirPods and charging case
  • AirPods Pro and 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 
  • 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 Folio
  • Magic Keyboard for iPad

iPhone and MagSafe accessories

  • iPhone 12 models
  • iPhone 13 models
  • iPhone 14 models
  • MagSafe accessories

Mac and accessories

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

Beats

  • Beats Flex
  • Beats Studio Buds
  • BeatsX
  • Powerbeats Pro
  • UrBeats3

Apple noted that other some products contain magnets, as well, but those are unlikely to interfere with medical devices.

They provide more information on safety in the Important Safety Information sections of the user guides for Apple products.