Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > MacRumors.com News Discussion

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old May 9, 2013, 05:34 PM   #1
MacRumors
macrumors bot
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
14-Year-Old Discovers iPad Smart Cover Magnets Can Shut Off Implanted Defibrillators




A fourteen-year-old has discovered that the tiny magnets inside the iPad can inadvertently shut off implanted defibrillators if the device is left on the chest, such as might happen if the user falls asleep with the iPad lying on them.

Apple builds magnets into every iPad it sells for use with its Smart Cover accessory.

Gianna Chien made the discovery as part of a science fair project that didn't win first place, but she will be presenting her findings to 8,000 doctors at a meeting of the Heart Rhythm Society in Denver, reports Bloomberg.
Quote:
The research offers a valuable warning for people with implanted defibrillators, which deliver an electric shock to restart a stopped heart, said John Day, head of heart-rhythm services at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, and chairman of the panel that reviews scientific papers to be presented at the Denver meeting.

If a person falls asleep with the iPad2 on the chest, the magnets in the cover can "accidentally turn off" the heart device, said Chien, a high school freshman in Stockton, California, whose father is a doctor. "I definitely think people should be aware. That's why I'm presenting the study."
As a safety measure, implanted defibrillators can be turned off by magnets. The magnets in the iPad are too small to affect implanted defibrillators in normal use but can affect them if held close enough to the chest.

Chien's study found that 30 percent of patients with defibrillators who put iPads on their chest were affected by the device. Most defibrillators will turn back on once the magnet is removed, but some must be reactivated manually causing a potentially life-threatening situation.

Article Link: 14-Year-Old Discovers iPad Smart Cover Magnets Can Shut Off Implanted Defibrillators
MacRumors is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old May 9, 2013, 05:35 PM   #2
daneoni
macrumors G4
 
daneoni's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Oh crap
__________________
15" rMBP Core i7 | 27" ACD | AEBS | 5G iPod | iPhone 5S | 3G Apple TV | rMini
daneoni is offline   22 Reply With Quote
Old May 9, 2013, 05:35 PM   #3
Internaut
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: All over the place but mostly Somewhere in England
Well done!
Internaut is offline   15 Reply With Quote
Old May 9, 2013, 05:35 PM   #4
komodrone
Banned
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
I replaced my penguin stuffed animal that I hug every night to sleep with an iPad. DON'T JUDGE ME.

on a more serious note, this is a bit troubling for those that didn't know. :O
komodrone is offline   10 Reply With Quote
Old May 9, 2013, 05:37 PM   #5
d4rkc4sm
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
this is very disheartening news
d4rkc4sm is offline   126 Reply With Quote
Old May 9, 2013, 05:37 PM   #6
bax2003
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Belgrade, Serbia
Najbolje progutajte magnete, pa da vidiš kakvu štetu onda mogu da naprave ?!?!!? Majko, zemljo...
__________________
Mac mini i7 2.3 Quad (Late 2012), MacBook Pro 13" R/2.6/8/256 (Mid 2014), iMac 20" (Early 2008)
Thunderbolt Display
iPhone 5 16GB, iPad mini Retina WiFi + Cell
bax2003 is online now   3 Reply With Quote
Old May 9, 2013, 05:38 PM   #7
fraggot
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Cox's Creek, KY
magnetpacemakergate?
fraggot is offline   16 Reply With Quote
Old May 9, 2013, 05:39 PM   #8
Ray J
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
So how did this 14-year old "discover" this if it's written in Apple's safety documentation?
Ray J is offline   86 Reply With Quote
Old May 9, 2013, 05:39 PM   #9
crisss1205
macrumors 6502a
 
crisss1205's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Long Island, New York
Send a message via AIM to crisss1205
Isn't that true of any electronic device? Magnets are not good as they interfere with electro magnetic signals. Take a powerful magnet, but it on the back of your phone and watch your iPhone turn off. I really don't think this is a discovery when it is well known and documented.
__________________
 27" iMac  13" Retina MacBook Pro  iPhone 5s  iPad mini
crisss1205 is offline   12 Reply With Quote
Old May 9, 2013, 05:40 PM   #10
zeeklancer
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Nothing to see, move along.

Look, there are magnets inside of all sorts of devices. It is know that a magnet can cause troubles to those who have Pacemakers.

So now we have to just attach the word "Apple" to a commonly known subject and get all sorts of fame?

Is this oh e-mail on a phone (which is a computer) is a new thing all over again?
zeeklancer is offline   24 Reply With Quote
Old May 9, 2013, 05:41 PM   #11
bungiefan89
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by d4rkc4sm View Post
this is very disheartening news
__________________
27" 2011 iMac, 3.4 GHz, 12GB RAM, 2GB VRAM - Late 2009 Macbook, 2.26 GHz, 4GB RAM - iPod touch 32GB 4g
bungiefan89 is offline   49 Reply With Quote
Old May 9, 2013, 05:41 PM   #12
charlituna
macrumors 604
 
charlituna's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Quote:
Originally Posted by komodrone View Post
I replaced my penguin stuffed animal that I hug every night to sleep with an iPad. DON'T JUDGE ME.

on a more serious note, this is a bit troubling for those that didn't know. :O
Most folks with pacemakers are warned about laptops, cell phones, magnets etc.
charlituna is offline   10 Reply With Quote
Old May 9, 2013, 05:42 PM   #13
bmclemons
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: San Francisco, Caifornia
Send a message via AIM to bmclemons Send a message via MSN to bmclemons Send a message via Yahoo to bmclemons Send a message via Skype™ to bmclemons
Hrm

I don't get why this is such a big study or news. Apple has already posted about it and it's not just an Apple iPad that would do this. Magnets in general or any device. Kudos to the kid who "brought about this study" but it is in fact old news and already known.
bmclemons is offline   20 Reply With Quote
Old May 9, 2013, 05:43 PM   #14
portishead
Banned
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: los angeles
So if you have a pacemaker, don't put magnets to your chest? What does this have to do with an iPad cover?
portishead is offline   6 Reply With Quote
Old May 9, 2013, 05:43 PM   #15
2bikes
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by komodrone View Post
I replaced my penguin stuffed animal that I hug every night to sleep with an iPad. DON'T JUDGE ME.

on a more serious note, this is a bit troubling for those that didn't know. :O
That didnt know they had a pacemaker? LOL! It`s like saying diabetic people not knowing what they are eating.
2bikes is offline   3 Reply With Quote
Old May 9, 2013, 05:43 PM   #16
pcguru83
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Charlotte, NC
So Samsung is hiring highschool freshmen now?
__________________
2011 27" iMac, 3.1 Ghz Quad i5, 16GB RAM
Black iPhone 5 32GB
Black iPad Mini 16GB
pcguru83 is offline   39 Reply With Quote
Old May 9, 2013, 05:46 PM   #17
btbeme
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
My heart stopped the first time I saw an iPad in person.
btbeme is offline   27 Reply With Quote
Old May 9, 2013, 05:47 PM   #18
tekno
Banned
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
iPad may seriously harm your health.
tekno is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 9, 2013, 05:47 PM   #19
elvetio
macrumors member
 
Join Date: May 2012
.

i can only imagine how he discovered that...
elvetio is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old May 9, 2013, 05:48 PM   #20
iChrist
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: 3 countries for tax benefit
hello?

.

This is obvious. All people with pacemakers are told to be careful around magnetic objects.

In other news, 14 year old discovers that epileptics may be affected by camera flash on iPhone.

.
__________________
"We should think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone--an image made by man's design and skill."
iChrist is offline   30 Reply With Quote
Old May 9, 2013, 05:49 PM   #21
irDigital0l
Guest
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Quote:
Originally Posted by pcguru83 View Post
So Samsung is hiring highschool freshmen now?
Just because he's smarter than you doesn't mean you should start accusing people now.

Oh wait. Anything "bad" said about Apple means sneaky no good Samsung is behind it.

Bad Samsung. Bad!
irDigital0l is offline   13 Reply With Quote
Old May 9, 2013, 05:49 PM   #22
inscrewtable
macrumors 6502a
 
inscrewtable's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Australia
Quote:
Originally Posted by komodrone View Post
...on a more serious note, this is a bit troubling for those that didn't know. :O
Why? People with pacemakers would be fully aware already wouldn't they, seeing as it's a safety device that is built in on purpose. That iPads have magnets like all the tablets that copy them is also well known. In fact the ads even make a feature of the magnets.

The only thing that is troubling is why Macrumors is putting such an obvious beat up on the front page.
__________________
2013 2.7GHz rMBP
iPod Touch 5th Gen,
inscrewtable is offline   7 Reply With Quote
Old May 9, 2013, 05:50 PM   #23
identity
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ray J View Post
So how did this 14-year old "discover" this if it's written in Apple's safety documentation?
The Apple safety documentation has no mention of the Smart Cover. It only mentions iPads and wireless phones.
identity is offline   4 Reply With Quote
Old May 9, 2013, 05:51 PM   #24
mbh
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ray J View Post
So how did this 14-year old "discover" this if it's written in Apple's safety documentation?
That, and it's funny how it's always Apple that winds up in the headline. Do Microsoft Surface extra-clicky keyboard cover magnets also do this, or are they using pacemaker safe magnets?
mbh is offline   10 Reply With Quote
Old May 9, 2013, 05:51 PM   #25
larrylaffer
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Los Angeles
Quote:
Originally Posted by irDigital0l View Post
Just because he's smarter than you doesn't mean you should start accusing people now.

Oh wait. Anything "bad" said about Apple means sneaky no good Samsung is behind it.

Bad Samsung. Bad!
Wow.
larrylaffer is offline   11 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > MacRumors.com News Discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
iPad: iPad Air Magnets - Smart Cover causes clicking noises NewYorkRanger iPad 65 Sep 15, 2014 01:28 PM
iPad: iPad Air magnets make sound with Smart Cover. mustu iPad 11 Apr 9, 2014 02:27 PM
iPad: iPad Air Smart Cover - magnets weak? Hambones iPad Accessories 3 Nov 13, 2013 03:50 PM
iPad: Ipad Air--Smart Cover, Smart Case. Smart Cover with Sleeve or Naked with sleeve? jaybar iPad Accessories 3 Nov 4, 2013 10:52 PM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:27 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC