Apple has developed a COVID-19 mask for its retail employees

Forget the iPhone 12, Apple’s newest product is the Face Mask.

The iPhone maker reportedly designed its first face mask in-house, and is starting to send out corporate and retail employees as the COVID-19 epidemic continues.

The Apple Face Mask, as it is dubbed, was developed by the same design teams that work on the iPhone and iPad, Bloomberg reports. The triple-layer mask includes “large coverings up and down the wearer’s nose and chin” as well as adjustable straps for comfort.

Apple told Bloomberg that it was careful when the material was researched to not inhibit medical professionals’ access to personal protective equipment.

Cupertino, California-based Apple has also developed a cover called ClearMask, which is completely transparent. Masks are meant to leave the mouth open for customers who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Apple store employees currently use standard issue masks, but will begin receiving Apple face masks in the coming weeks.

Customers who visit Apple Store locations will still receive basic surgical masks, and are required to have their temperature taken on arrival.


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