The iPhone Is Apparently Allergic to Helium

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Helium. It’s not a gas you probably pay much attention to, unless you work in a handful of very specific industries, enjoy playing with insane overclocking rigs, or have a job filling party balloons. But helium is critical in the cryogenics industry, which means it’s used in hospital MRI scanners to keep the superconducting magnets operating at the necessary temperature. That fact has led to the discovery of a rather odd issue with Apple iPhones — they can shut down when exposed to helium, sometimes for days at a time.

A long Reddit thread by Systems Specialist Erik Woolridge and subsequent iFixit write-up lays out the story. During the installation of a new MRI machine at Morris Hospital near Chicago, calls started coming in to IT reporting that Apple iPhones had stopped working. iPhones above the iPhone 6 and Apple Watches were both impacted (the single iPhone 5 in the building was not). Apple’s official user guide for the iPhone actually mentions this. Apparently, the official Apple fix is as follows:


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This article and images were originally posted on [ExtremeTechExtremeTech] November 1, 2018 at 08:46AM. Credit to the original author and ExtremeTechExtremeTech | ESIST.T>G>S Recommended Articles Of The Day.





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