Apple prides itself on its minimalistic, refined product design. It should come as no surprise, then, that the company has its own idea of what a protective face mask should look like.
Bloomberg(opens in a new tab) It was reported on Wednesday that Apple has designed special face masks and started distributing them to corporate and retail employees, most of whom currently wear protective masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
In fact, according to the news outlet, Apple is providing two different face masks to employees. (Surprise!) A clear mask called ClearMask was obtained from other companies. The new mask, called (again, surprise!) the Apple Face Mask, has been created in-house by Apple’s engineering and industrial design teams. That mask has three layers that filter incoming and outgoing particles, and it can be washed and reused up to five times.
MacRumors(opens in a new tab) has acquired a photo of the mask, and it’s not much out of the ordinary — it’s a white mask with a triangle shape at the top to sit comfortably over the nose, and a rounded bottom for the wearer’s chin.
“The new Apple face mask is lightweight, comfortable, and effective at keeping you and others safe,” Apple says in a promo screenshot obtained by MacRumors.
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Apple confirmed the news to Bloomberg, saying it carefully researched and tested the ingredients to find the right materials for the mask’s filters.
The company will start sending Apple face masks to its employees in the next two weeks.
Notably, while Apple provides face masks to customers at its retail stores, these will not be masks manufactured by Apple.