Apple, like other manufacturers, creates a wide range of products, including smartphones, computers, fitness trackers, and portable audio equipment. Much like other hardware, the company’s products can be risky when exposed to critical medical equipment such as pacemakers and defibrillators used by patients. This is because the components of these devices can cause magnetic interference that could disrupt the operation of medical equipment.
In order to protect its customers from potential interference from its devices, the company has updated its support document to list the devices that customers should keep away from their medical devices. The changes were spotted by MacRumors and contain a list of more than 25 devices made by the company, which could potentially affect medical devices.
“Under certain conditions, magnets and electromagnetic fields can interfere with medical devices. For example, pacemakers and implanted defibrillators may contain sensors that respond to magnets and radios when in close contact, ”Apple explained in a support document.
According to Apple, users who own these company-made devices should “avoid any potential interactions with these types of medical devices (such as pacemakers and defibrillators)” by keeping these products at a safe distance. This means more than 6 inches (or 15 cm) apart, or 12 inches (or 30 cm) if they charge wirelessly. For users who suspect their Apple product is interfering with their medical device, the tech giant has advised them to stop using the Apple product and consult with their doctor and the manufacturer of their medical device.
These Apple products contain magnets and should be kept a safe distance from the user’s medical device: this includes AirPods and Charging Case, AirPods and Wireless Charging Case, AirPods Pro and Wireless Charging Case, AirPods Max and Smart Case, Apple Watch, Apple Watch Bands with Magnets, Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Accessories, HomePod, HomePod mini, iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, iPad Pro, iPad Smart Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio, Magic Keyboard for iPad, iPhone 12 models, Mac mini, Mac Pro, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, Apple Pro Display XDR, Beats Flex, Beats X, PowerBeats Pro, UrBeats3.
The Cupertino-based company claims that some other Apple products (not included in the list above) contain magnets, but they are unlikely to interfere with medical devices. It also directs users to its user guides for Apple products, where safety information is provided in the Important Safety Information section. However, it’s probably best to consult your doctor as well, just to make sure that the function of your medical equipment is not hampered by your other devices.