Apple introduced (or re-introduced) a new charging system on the iPhone 12 series called MagSafe, which relies on a ring of magnets placed beneath the rear panel for magnetically attaching to wireless chargers and juicing up the battery.
Whether Apple has received user reports of the iPhone 12 interfering with medical devices is unclear.
Though all iPhone 12 models contain more magnets than prior iPhone models, they're not expected to pose a greater risk of magnetic interference to medical devices than prior iPhone models.
The iPhone 12 as well as MagSafe, a line of accessories including cases built to make wirelessly charging the smartphones easier, contain magnets to help connect better.
In an support article, spotted by MacRumors, Apple explains that the iPhone 12 contains magnets as well as components and radios that emit electromagnetic fields The company also stated that all its MagSafe accessories contain magnets as well, and that its MagSafe Charger and MagSafe Duo Charger contain radios.
Apple says that the iPhone 12 and MagSafe accessories could interfere with implanted medical devices. "These magnets and electromagnetic fields might interfere with medical devices". Apple repeated this advice in the safety information section of its iPhone User Guide.
According to an article from earlier this month, three doctors in the state of MI tested the interaction between an iPhone 12 and a patient's implantable cardiovascular defibrillator - the medical device went into a "suspended" mode during the test.
Otherwise, iPhone 12 is an impressive flagship, and you can get your hands on one by spending at least $799. The company launched an array of MagSafe products in October, including magnetic wallets and cases, as well as the MagSafe Charger and the Duo Charger, which charges both an iPhone and an Apple Watch at the same time.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on why it is now expanding on the safety guidance.
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