Apple has designed its own face masks for employees – Mashable

Apple takes pride in its minimalistic, refined product design. It’s no wonder, then, that the company has its own idea of what a protective face mask should look like. 

Bloomberg reported Wednesday that Apple designed special face masks and has begun to distribute them to corporate and retail employees, most of whom currently wear protective masks on the job to curb the spread of COVID-19. 

In fact, according to the news outlet, Apple is providing two different face masks to employees. A clear mask called (surprise!) ClearMask was sourced from other companies. The new mask, called (again, surprise!) Apple Face Mask has been created in-house by Apple’s Engineering and Industrial Design teams. That mask has up to three layers that filter incoming and outgoing particles, and can be washed and reused up to five times. 

MacRumors has acquired a photo of the mask, and it’s not very much out of the ordinary — it’s a white mask with a triangle shape on top to sit comfortably on the nose, and a rounded bottom for the wearer’s chin. 

“The new Apple Face Mask is light, comfortable, and effective at keeping you and others safe,” says Apple in a promo screenshot obtained by MacRumors. 

Apple confirmed the news to Bloomberg and said it has conducted careful research and testing to find the right materials for the mask’s filters. 

The company will start sending Apple Face Masks to its employees over the next two weeks. 

Notably, while Apple provides face masks to customers at its retail stores, these will not be Apple-made masks.