Apple has developed two types of masks – called Apple Face Mask and Apple ClearMask – which the company is beginning to distribute to corporate and retail employees to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Last week, an Apple employee posted MacRumors a picture of Apple Face Mask:
Mark Gurman for Bloomberg News:
Apple told employees that the masks were developed by the Engineering and Industrial Design team, the same groups that work on devices such as the iPhone and iPad.
Apple Face Mask consists of three layers to filter incoming and outgoing particles. It can be washed and reused as many as five times, the company told employees. In typical Apple style, the mask looks unique with large coatings on the top and bottom of the user’s nose and chin. It also has adjustable strings that fit around a person’s ears.
Apple told staff that the masks were designed and manufactured entirely by Apple. The company, which confirmed the news, said it conducted thorough investigation and testing to find the right materials to filter the air properly, but not interfere with the supply of medical personal protective equipment.
The second model, ClearMask, is the first FDA-cleared surgical mask that is completely transparent, Apple told employees.
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When it comes to Apple Face Mask (pictured above), we dislike hefty masks with ear hooks. In fact, when faced with ear mesh masks, we always use an ear mesh extension strap to eliminate the ear pain they usually cause.