Will a magnet screw up and iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by odHbo, Jul 5, 2007.

  1. odHbo macrumors member

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    I want to make a magnet close for my iPhone case but I wanted to make sure of one thing.

    Will a magnet effect the screen on the iPhone? I feel like it will but it seems as though the new incase case uses magnets
     
  2. lamina macrumors 68000

    lamina

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    Welcome to the forums!

    I see no reason why a magnet would mess up an iPhone. It uses non-magnetic storage, and I don't think the screen uses anything to do with magnets either.
     
  3. zgh1999 macrumors 6502

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    I thought the gyros that sense the rotation of the iPhone from portrait to landscape mode are tiny magnets that are activated by electric current?

    Maybe those gyros will get affected by your magnet, so be careful.

    I am not sure, but you should ask Apple.
     
  4. compwizard7 macrumors newbie

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    Rare Earth Magnet

    I have tried a rare earth neodymium magnet around my Iphone 3GS and the only thing I can see that it affects is the compass.... It has no affect on the orientation change, or anything. Although I did read somewhere that people think it had an affect on there battery charge.. I am not sure about this or not...
     
  5. equlizer macrumors regular

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    It only affects the compass on the 3GS. My belt case has a strong magnet on the flip part of the case and been using it for years now.
     
  6. weeman macrumors 6502

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    Been rocking the blackberry storm case with my GS since launch and no problems here...it throws the compass of but nothing a little calibration cant handle
     
  7. branjosef macrumors 6502a

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    I did the same thing. There was no change in orientation. It still thinks its a boy so I'd say your safe
     
  8. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

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  9. TMar macrumors 68000

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    It will not damage the compass, only make it very inaccurate.
     
  10. Minimoose 360 macrumors 65816

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    .......a.k.a. damaging the compass? lol.

    Or do you mean only when the magnet is present and not afterward.
     
  11. iUser4Lyfe macrumors 6502

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    Just recalibrate and it's fine
     
  12. tilmonabbott macrumors regular

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    IMPORTANT: The accuracy of digital compass headings may be negatively affected by magnetic or other environmental interference, including interference caused by the close proximity of the magnets contained in the iPhone earbuds. The digital compass should only be used for basic navigation assistance and should not be solely relied on to determine precise locations, proximity, distance, or direction.

    Straight from apple

    http://www.apple.com/iphone/how-to/#compass.getting-compass-readings

    thought this would be helpful in some way
     
  13. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

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    its a real compass not something digital, well yes it shows on your screen but the compass itself is mechanical and moving..

    "Just recalibrate and it's fine" ? well if it gets damaged then you cant just use the "infinity/8" trick to correct it..
     

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