Apple want you to keep this extensive list of medical devices away from you

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Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images) – Apple recommends that you stop using your Apple product when you suspect your medical device will interfere. Apple has increased its direction on its medical device’s potential magnetic interference. A long and detailed list of products has been published recently, which states that a “safe distance” from medical devices should be maintained.

In a supported article, Apple recognized that magnets and electromagnetic fields could interfere with medical devices under certain conditions. As an example, implanted pacemakers and defibrillators may contain sensors that respond in close contact to magnets and radios. In recent months the effect of the products of the company on medical devices it has addressed was of concern and has led research on the subject.

“Maintain your Apple product a safe distance (more than 6 cm / 15 cm apart or more than 12 inch / 30cm separate if wirelessly charged to avoid possible interactions with these types of medical devices,” said Apple. “Talk for specific guidelines with your doctor and device manufacturer.”

That’s not a matter of little importance. Researchers from the Henry Ford Heart and the Vascular Institute explained that a patient with a Medtronic cardiovascular defibrillator was places on the heart of an iPhone 12 in January. They reported that the operations of the device were always suspended. While a single patient was studied, important questions were raised. Recently, a study conducted by the American Hearts Association investigated the impact of an iPhone 12 Pro Max on a large-scale use of various devices.

In the supportive article, Apple added that if a person suspects their Apple product interferes with their medical advice, they should immediately stop using the device and consult their medical device manufacturer.

The following is the detailed list of Apple products, containing magnets in Apple note, which the company says should be kept safe from your doctor.

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

However, they are not the only Apple magnet products. The company said that some other products from Apple contain magnets, but are unlikely to interfere with medical devices. In Apple’s user guides for their products, users can find more information on these other products.

Of course, as MacRumors noticed, Apple didn’t mention its iPhone 12 range specifically. Apple said in a January support article that even though the iPhone 12 lineup has had more magnets than the iPhone lineup, the risk of magnetic interference with medical devices is “not expected” to be greater than before. This language was missing from this updated article on support.

It is important to say that this is not an Apple problem. Many devices are known to cause magnetic interference from radios and phones to fitbits and steam pen. Food and drugs administration also recognizes this by adviceing individuals to maintain a minimum of six centimeters from implanted medical devices by certain consumer electronic devices, such as cell phones and smart watches.

In order to keep Apple consumers informed of the potential effects of its products, medical devices are important. In view of the drive of humanity for continuous technological innovation, however, magnets will not disappear. Medical device manufacturers should also seriously consider dealing with these problems in their own products or even partnering with players like Apple in order to work together to work on solutions for the safety of vulnerable people.