Apple has developed masks, and the company will begin distributing masks to corporate and retail employees to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Apple Face Mask was first created by the California-based Cupertino technology giant for its employees. The other is called ClearMask and comes from elsewhere. Apple previously manufactured another type of mask for medical staff and distributed millions of other masks in the healthcare industry.

Apple told the staff that the mask was developed by the engineering and industrial design team, the same as the team working on devices such as iPhone and iPad. It consists of three layers, used to filter incoming and outgoing particles. The company told employees that it can be washed and reused up to five times.

In a typical Apple style, the mask looks unique, with large coverings on the top and bottom that protect the wearer’s nose and chin. It also has adjustable strings to fit human ears.

The company confirmed the news. The company stated that it has conducted serious research and testing to find suitable materials to filter the air correctly without affecting the supply of medical personal protective equipment. Apple will start sending Apple Face Mask to employees in the next two weeks.

Apple told employees that another model is ClearMask, which is the first fully transparent surgical mask approved by the FDA. It shows the full face, so people who are deaf or hard of hearing can better understand what the wearer is saying.

Apple has partnered with Washington-based Gallaudet University (Gallaudet University), which specializes in educating deaf and hard-of-hearing students to choose transparent masks to use. The company also conducted tests with employees of Apple’s three stores. Apple is also exploring its own transparent mask options.

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Before designing its own masks, Apple provided employees with standard cloth masks. It also provides basic masks for customers visiting its retail stores.

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