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Work with helium, don't keep an iDevice nearby
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 08, 2018 05:27AM
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"Apple’s devices are apparently allergic to helium gas, according to a new iFixit report that shines some light on the inner workings of our digital sidekicks.

The story starts with Erik Wooldridge, a Systems Specialist at Chicago area Morris Hospital. When a new MRI machine was being installed at the hospital, Wooldridge began receiving calls that iPhones and Apple Watches were acting up. All in all, up to 40 devices stopped working.

While he first theorized that the MRI machine could have been releasing an electromagnetic pulse, some things didn’t add up. For one, other electronic devices weren’t being affected. More than that, only Apple products were impacted — Android devices were still working fine.

Wooldridge took to Reddit, where other system administrators began speculating that the issue could be tied to liquid helium. After some investigation, the Systems Specialist did indeed discover a leak that vented liquid helium throughout the building.

After addressing the issue, hospital staff began noticing that their Apple devices were slowly returning to normal — with a couple exceptions. One iPhone continued to experience significant issues, while several Apple Watches had problems with touchscreen responsiveness."



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Re: Work with helium, don't keep an iDevice nearby
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: November 08, 2018 06:12AM
Helium is inert and lighter than air. What’s the proposed mechanism of operation?
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Re: Work with helium, don't keep an iDevice nearby
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: November 08, 2018 06:28AM
......so the malfunctioning iDevices were HE(a)L_ed.....??



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Re: Work with helium, don't keep an iDevice nearby
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 08, 2018 06:53AM
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Helium is inert and lighter than air. What’s the proposed mechanism of operation?

It's explained in the article.



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Re: Work with helium, don't keep an iDevice nearby
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: November 08, 2018 07:04AM
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Speedy
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anonymouse1
Helium is inert and lighter than air. What’s the proposed mechanism of operation?

It's explained in the article.

Yeah, Speedy, but what's the point of the forum if you can't save us the trouble? smiley-laughing001



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Re: Work with helium, don't keep an iDevice nearby
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: November 08, 2018 08:25AM
I'm a bit surprised that commercial saturation divers haven't discovered this. And what a weird problem... embedded microelectronic machines as device timers instead of crystal oscillators ? So cool...
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Re: Work with helium, don't keep an iDevice nearby
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: November 08, 2018 09:16AM
I'm a bit surprised that commercial saturation divers haven't discovered this.

Because they take their iPhones and Watches into decompression tanks with them?

Luckily, the issue doesn’t appear to be permanent. After about a week, an impacted device should return to normal functionality


embedded microelectronic machines as device timers instead of crystal oscillators ?

Also explained in the article.




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Re: Work with helium, don't keep an iDevice nearby
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: November 08, 2018 10:29AM
One weird trick to find helium leaks...



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Re: Work with helium, don't keep an iDevice nearby
Posted by: GGD
Date: November 08, 2018 10:43AM
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the Systems Specialist did indeed discover a leak that vented liquid helium throughout the building.

It must be mighty cold in that building for the helium to remain liquid, especially for the patients with those open back gowns they're forced to wear.
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Re: Work with helium, don't keep an iDevice nearby
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: November 08, 2018 11:20AM
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One weird trick to find helium leaks...
The squeaky voice will surprise you !
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Re: Work with helium, don't keep an iDevice nearby
Posted by: testcase
Date: November 08, 2018 03:01PM
And the "funny talking" staff had NO clue as to what the problem was????????? confused smiley
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