According to Medical Xpress, a study published in the medical journal Heart Rhythm concluded that bringing an iPhone 12 closer to a pacemaker could shut down the heart rate control system.
The purpose of this study was to analyze the device’s magnetic network, the one that activates the new MagSafe charging technology. The researchers found that it could indeed shut down automatic implantable defibrillators (or ICDs).
“The iPhone contains magnets as well as components and radios that emit electromagnetic fields”, acknowledged Apple. “These magnets and electromagnetic fields can interfere with medical devices, such as pacemakers and defibrillators. “<!– –>
The iPhone 12 is not the only smartphone involved, however. Others can interfere with ICDs as well, while fitness trackers are capable of causing problems as well.
However, for Apple, “Although all iPhone 12 models contain more magnets than previous iPhone models, they should not present a greater risk of magnetic interference”.
However, manufacturers of pacemakers should take these systems into consideration when designing their pacemakers.