iPhone User Posts Photo of ‘Magnetic Sand’ Stuck on It: Here’s What Actually Happened

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Is the sand in Tahoe Metropolis, California, US magnetic? Properly, that is what an iPhone person thought not too long ago. In a submit on Reddit, person bopete1313 shared a photograph of his iPhone’s again lined in ferrous particles. The image exhibits the ferrous neatly organized across the digicam, audio system, and MagSafe ring, whereas the remainder of the telephone was clear. He wrote within the caption, “The sand in Tahoe is magnetic and caught to my telephone.” Nonetheless, oblivious to the person, the MagSafe charging system contains numerous magnets.

What the person failed to understand was that the MagSafe know-how separated the iron from the sand, making it seem that the sand had magnetic properties. Other than MagSafe, the remainder of the iPhone can also be filled with magnets — between the audio system and picture stabilisers within the cameras.

Responding to the submit, one other person Mixedbysaint mentioned that particles the magnet attracted had been ferrous, including the sand wasn’t “magnetic.” “If the sand itself was magnetic, it will cling on extra than simply that magnetic materials beneath the iPhone,” the person mentioned.

K1NG_itai, one other person, went on to assert that iPhone customers ought to say “goodbye” to the “audio system.”

One other person, MoFauxTofu, mentioned that issues which are magnetic are additionally extremely conductive. “You do not need any sand in your telephone, however you actually don’t desire this sand in your telephone,” the person wrote.

“It is not magnetic. I grew up spending weekends in Tahoe. The telephone is magnetic and attracts iron shavings,” wrote one other person, bumbletowne.

And at last, a person requested what the ring round which the ferrous was organized referred to as.

“Is there a everlasting magnet within the wi-fi charging {hardware}?” requested BreckSkunk.

“Sure, it is a part of the MagSafe charging system,” replied a person, ColgateSensifoam.

Whereas the picture seemed fascinating and even made the proprietor of the telephone imagine that he had made a startling discovery, a report by AppleInsider mentioned that common publicity to sand would harm the glass on the again of the gadget, scratch the show and even harm the digicam lenses.

The report additionally advises towards making an attempt this at dwelling, including that if an iPhone person is ever round sand — on the seaside or desert — it needs to be ensured that the telephone’s ports are lined properly.


We dive into all issues Apple — iPad Professional, iMac, Apple TV 4K, and AirTag — this week on Orbital, the Devices 360 podcast. Orbital is offered on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever you get your podcasts.

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