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Tech giant, Apple, has published a warning on its website that its smartphones, specifically the iPhone 6, could interfere with medical devices like pacemakers and defibrillators.

CNN reports that Apple said in the update that medical devices can contain sensors that may react to magnets or radio waves that come in close proximity. The company recommends keeping iPhones and MagSafe chargers a "safe distance" away from medical devices.

According to the report, a safe distance is defined by Apple as more than 15 centimetres apart, or 38 centimetres apart when wirelessly charging.

Before Apple issued its warning recently, the Heart Rhythm Society issued its own warning, saying they have an important pubic health issue concerning the newer generation iPhone 12. According to the Society, the iPhone 12 can potentially inhibit lifesaving therapy in a patient particularly while carrying the phone in their upper pockets.

Apple has previously noted that their iPhone 12 models all contain more magnets than any previous model, but that they didn't pose a greater threat to medical devices compared to previous models.

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