It was reported a few weeks ago a study suggested that the addition of the MagSafe magnets to Apple’s iPhone 12, could interfere with medical implants such as pacemakers. The company had recently had a support document in which it was suggested that MagSafe is not expected to “a greater risk of interference”.
However, it appears, that Apple may have had a change of heart (:-P) because Apple has recently revised its support document, according to MacRumors, in which they caution that MagSafe may have the potential to interfere with embedded medical devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators.
According to the updated document:
“Medical devices such as implanted pacemakers and defibrillators might contain sensors that respond to magnets and radios when in close contact. To avoid any potential interactions with these devices, keep your iPhone and MagSafe accessories a safe distance away from your device (more than 6 inches / 15 cm apart or more than 12 inches / 30 cm apart if wirelessly charging). But consult with your physician and your device manufacturer for specific guidelines.”
However, at the same time, it seems that while Apple admits that the iPhone 12 has more magnets than previous iPhone versions, the company also maintains that they are “not expected to pose a greater risk of magnetic interference with medical devices than previous iPhone models.”