Apple confirmed to Bloomberg News that the company conducted research and testing to find the right materials to properly filter air, while not disturbing the supply of personal protective equipment to medical personnel.
The Apple Face Mask was reportedly developed in-house by Cupertino, California. It is in the company’s engineering and industrial design teams, the same employees who work on Apple’s devices, including iPhones and iPads.
Bloomberg News reported that the new masks are made up of three layers, Bloomberg News reported that the company told employees that the masks could be washed and reused five times.
Apple will also reportedly distribute a product called ClearMask, which the company develops with the University of Washington, DC-based Gallodet, which educates deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Apple told employees that according to Bloomberg, Clearmask is the first fully transparent surgical mask cleared by the Food and Drug Administration.
The company tested ClearMask with employees at three Apple stores and is also exploring its own transparent mask options, the news outlet reported.
Apple previously provided standard clothing masks to employees. Apple also provides basic surgical masks to customers in its stores.