- Apple’s design teams created a custom face mask for Apple employees.
- The mask has a “unique” appearance, with extensive nose and chin coverage, according to Bloomberg, who first reported on its development.
- Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Apple has worked to provide PPE as 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 iPad have designed a special face mask for Apple employees, as first reported by Bloomberg̵
Although images of the new mask have yet to be released, a report from Bloomberg says Apple’s engineering and design department has created a mask with a “unique look”, including “wide linings for the wearer’s nose and chin. “as well as” adjustable strings. ” It will have three layers that can be washed up to five times.
Apple told Bloomberg that it designed the mask with existing personal protective equipment supply chains in mind, being careful not to disrupt existing flows.
To the disappointment of some Apple fans, the masks were made for Apple’s corporate and retail staff, rather than the general public. The masks will be shipped to employees in the next two weeks. At present, it is unknown whether Apple will attempt to distribute the mask more widely.
In addition to its custom-designed Apple Mask, the company is also distributing a transparent surgical mask to employees, so that hearing-impaired customers can see employees’ faces and understand them more clearly. It is the first fully transparent surgical mask to be approved by the FDA, according to Bloomberg.
This isn’t Apple’s first foray into the personal protective equipment game. In April, Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, announced that Apple would donate 20 million face masks to healthcare workers in the United States. The tech firm has also designed and manufactured face shields for hospital workers, with plans to ship 1 million a week.
Read Bloomberg’s original report on the Apple Face Mask here.