- 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 PPE 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 iPad have designed a special face mask for Apple employees, as first reported by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.
Although images of the new mask have yet to be released, a report from Bloomberg says that 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.
To the disappointment of some Apple fans, the masks have been made for Apple’s corporate and retail staff, rather than the general public. Masks will be shipped to employees over the next two weeks. At present, it’s unknown if Apple will attempt to distribute the mask more widely.
Beside its custom-designed Apple Mask, the company is also rolling out a transparent surgical mask to employees, so that hearing-impaired customers can see employees faces and understand them more clearly. It’s the first completely clear 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, CEO of Apple, announced that Apple would donate 20 million face masks to health care workers across the US. The tech company also designed and produced face shields for hospital workers, with plans to ship 1 million per week.
Read Bloomberg’s original report on the Apple Face Mask here.