14-Year-Old Discovers iPad Smart Cover Magnets Can Shut Off Implanted Defibrillators

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    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.
    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
     
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    Oh crap :eek:
     
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    Well done!
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    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
     
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    this is very disheartening news
     
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    Najbolje progutajte magnete, pa da vidiš kakvu štetu onda mogu da naprave ?!?!!? Majko, zemljo...
     
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    magnetpacemakergate?
     
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    So how did this 14-year old "discover" this if it's written in Apple's safety documentation?
     
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    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.
     
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    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?
     
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    Most folks with pacemakers are warned about laptops, cell phones, magnets etc.
     
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    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.
     
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    So if you have a pacemaker, don't put magnets to your chest? What does this have to do with an iPad cover?
     
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    That didnt know they had a pacemaker? LOL! It`s like saying diabetic people not knowing what they are eating.:rolleyes:
     
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    So Samsung is hiring highschool freshmen now? :p
     
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    My heart stopped the first time I saw an iPad in person.
     
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    iPad may seriously harm your health.
     
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    i can only imagine how he discovered that...
     
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    hello?

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    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.

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    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!
     
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    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.
     
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    The Apple safety documentation has no mention of the Smart Cover. It only mentions iPads and wireless phones.
     
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    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?
     
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    Wow.
     

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