- Apple’s design teams have created a custom face mask for Apple employees.
- The mask has a “unique” look, with large nose and chin coverage, according to Bloomberg, which first reported on its development.
- Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Apple has worked to provide personal protective equipment like face masks and shields to healthcare workers.
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The Mac. The iPod. The iPhone. The iPad. The Apple Watch. AirPods.
And now, the Apple Face Mask.
The engineering teams responsible for the iPhone and the iPad have designed a special face mask for Apple employees, as first reported by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.
Though images of the new mask have yet to be released, the report from Bloomberg says Apple’s Engineering and Design department created a mask with a “unique look,” including “large coverings for the wearer’s nose and chin” as well as “adjustable strings.” It will have three layers can be washed up to five times.
Apple told Bloomberg it designed the mask with existing personal-protective-equipment supply chains in mind, taking care not to disrupt existing flows.
Surely to the disappointment of some Apple fans, the masks have been made for Apple’s corporate and retail workers rather than the public. Masks are expected to be shipped to employees over the next two weeks. It’s unknown whether Apple will attempt to distribute the mask more widely.
The company is also rolling out a transparent surgical mask, sourced from a company called ClearMask, to employees so hearing-impaired customers can see employees’ faces and understand them more clearly. It’s the first fully transparent surgical mask to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
This isn’t Apple’s first foray into personal protective equipment. In April, CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple would donate 20 million face masks to healthcare workers across the US. The tech company also designed and produced face shields for hospital workers, with plans to ship 1 million a week.
Read Bloomberg’s original report on the Apple Face Mask here.
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