By B.N. Frank
Got medical implants? The warnings keep coming. Let’s recap:
- In 2016, the American Heart Association (AHA) warned that cell phones and other electronics could interfere with pacemakers and ICDs.
- Last month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that both cell phones and smart watches could cause interference issues with medical implants.
- Earlier this month, the Journal of American Heart Association warned that Apple iPhone12 models could cause interference issues with pacemakers and other implants. Earlier this year, Apple had issued warnings as well.
Now Apple has issued the potential for interference issues with even more of their products.
Serious New iPhone 12 Warning Issued For Millions More Apple Devices
Apple’s iPhone 12 range is selling in record numbers but now Apple has issued an updated warning to its millions of owners and also extended this to AirPods, iPad, Apple Watch, HomePod and MacBook users as well.
Apple has issued stronger guidance for more of its devices, including iPhone 12 models, interfering … [+] with CIEDs.
In a new support document, Apple has significantly revised its guidance regarding the “potential magnetic interference with medical devices” caused by its products. The revisions greatly expand the number of its products the company believes may cause interference with medical devices and removes language which previously downplayed the risks. If you own an Apple device, you need to understand the changes.
The most surprising development is Apple no longer limits this warning to iPhone 12 models, as it did previously (WayBack Machine copy of this support page). Now Apple lists all models of AirPods and their charging cases, Apple Watch and its magnet bands and accessories, HomePod and HomePod Mini, all iPad models and their smart covers and keyboards, all Mac and MacBook models and Beats X, Flex, PowerBeats Pro and UrBeats 3.
“Keep these products a safe distance away from your medical device,” Apple warns. It also draws a clear distinction between them and its other devices, saying “Certain other Apple products contain magnets that are unlikely to interfere with medical devices.” This is a big change from previous language on the page which said: “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.”
Explaining the risk, Apple reveals that:
“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. To avoid any potential interactions with these types of medical devices, keep your Apple product a safe distance away from your medical device (more than 6 inches / 15 cm apart or more than 12 inches / 30 cm apart if wirelessly charging). Consult with your physician and your device manufacturer for specific guidelines.”
This language closely aligns with medical studies by the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) and the Heart Rhythm Journal (HRJ) published earlier this year. JAHA concluded that the iPhone 12 range “has the potential to inhibit lifesaving therapy” while the HRJ used almost identical language in its report, saying iPhone 12 models “potentially inhibit lifesaving therapy in a patient”
Don’t have medical implants? Manufacturers still warn against carrying and/or holding cell phones and other wireless devices next to your body. Research has already determined that exposure to cell phone and wireless WiFi radiation is NOT SAFE (see 1, 2). This includes 5G. Children are more vulnerable to exposure. Got pets? It affects them too.
Activist Post reports regularly about unsafe technology. For more information, visit our archives and the following websites:
- Electromagnetic Radiation Safety
- Environmental Health Trust
- Physicians for Safe Technology
- Wireless Information Network
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