31st October 2018, By John E Dunn
Earlier this month, an IT admin at Morris Hospital near Chicago started receiving complaints that dozens of staff iPads, iPhones, and Apple Watches had suddenly stopped working.
That’s an unusual failure rate for a single building but what made it odder was that non-Apple devices seemed to be working fine.
As the admin, identified by iFixit as systems specialist Erik Wooldridge, wrote in a subsequent Reddit post:
This is probably the most bizarre issue I’ve had in my career in IT.One explanation was the installation of a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner, the testing on which had commenced just before the devices went wrong.
My immediate thought was that the MRI must have emitted some sort of EMP [electro-magnetic pulse], in which case we could be in a lot of trouble.
Possible in theory, but such a pulse would surely have affected numerous devices and not only those made by Apple.