Apple tells everyone to keep all the things away from pacemakers

What you need to know

  • Apple is warning people with pacemakers to keep some of its products away from them.
  • The list of products is extensive and includes almost everything the company makes.

It isn't just the obvious MagSafe products, either.

Apple has updated a support document that warns people to keep some of its products away from pacemakers. In reality, the list is so extensive that it perhaps makes up the majority of Apple's portfolio.

Putting devices with magnets in them near a pacemaker has always been a bad idea and sideways glances were made at iPhone 12 when it launched with MagSafe last year. We've seen various outfits try to decide whether MagSafe is an issue or not, but now Apple has decided that it is.

Under certain conditions, magnets and electromagnetic fields might interfere with medical devices. For example, implanted pacemakers and defibrillators might contain sensors that respond to magnets and radios when in close contact.

Apple says that the following products should be kept at least six inches away from a pacemaker, while those with wireless charging should be kept 12 inches away.

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
  • 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

  • Beats Flex
  • Beats X
  • PowerBeats Pro
  • UrBeats3

The list, first spotted by MacRumors, ends with Apple also noting that some other products contain magnets but that they are "are unlikely to interfere with medical devices."

Anyone who is concerned about their pacemaker should stop using the device in question and contact their doctor to seek guidance, Apple says.

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