Apple has created new facemasks, completely in-house, and is set to ship them to their corporate and retail employees. This is an attempt by the company to protect its employees from Coronavirus.
There are two masks that are being talked about, the first is the Apple Face Mask and the other is the Apple Clear Mask. According to the Bloomberg report Apple Face, Mask has been completely developed in-house by the Engineering and Industrial Design teams, the same teams that work on the iPhone and the iPad. The special mask is made of three filter layers for particles that you may breathe in and for the air that you breathe out. It can be easily washed and reused up to five times.
The Apple Face Mask will have an additional covering layer on the top and the bottom, for potentially better insulation near the nose and the chin. It will also have adjustable ear loops. Apple explains the materials were chosen after extensive research and testing to ensure proper filtration of air.
The Apple Clear Mask is the first FDA-cleared surgical mask that is completely transparent. This has been made to additionally help those with hearing or vision disabilities. For this, Apple worked with the Gallaudet University in Washington that specializes in educating deaf and hearing-impaired students to figure out which clear mask to use. Apple has till now provided cloth masks to employees and surgical masks to customers visiting their stores.