Not only the iPhone 12 is a risk to your pacemaker

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It was a frequently asked question after the release of the iPhone 12: is this magnetic iPhone dangerous if you wear a pacemaker, for example? Apple was quick to advise against holding the iPhone 12 too close to you – but now it turns out that it’s not just the iPhone 12 that poses a risk: there are more magnetic Apple products.

Magnetic Interference

The iPhone 12 has MagSafe, so you can click magnetic accessories on it. Apple previously warned that you should not wear this iPhone on your chest, but then said that this applies to all iPhones and electronics.

But they now nuance that earlier message. In the meantime, Appl has launched a list of magnetic Apple products and with which you should be careful. In terms of iPhone models , it really only features the iPhone 12 , but the list has been expanded with many other products. You can find the list at the bottom of this post

Safe use of Apple devices

Does this mean that if you wear a pacemaker, you’d better say goodbye to your iPhone 12 or other Apple devices? No definitely not. Apple gives you two guidelines:

  • Keep the medical device at least 15 centimeters away.
  • Keep the medical device at least 30 centimeters away during wireless charging.

Incidentally, you should not only pay attention to Apple devices. Electronics from other manufacturers pose just as much of a risk. Some electronic devices contain magnets or parts that emit electromagnetic fields. And that can interfere with pacemakers, defibrillators, and other medical devices. You should actually be alert with all electronics, but if you wear a pacemaker you probably already do that.

List Magnetic Apple Products

These are magnetic Apple products that you should keep at a safe distance:

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
  • Magnetic Charging Accessories for Apple Watch


  • 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 Flex
  • BeatsX
  • Powerbeats Pro
  • UrBeats3

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