Apple has developed two different face masks available to its employees to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.
The tech giant created the Apple Face Mask and Apple ClearMask, which were developed by the same teams that are working on the iPhone and iPad designs, according to Bloomberg. According to reports, Apple retail and corporate employees will receive the masks in the next two weeks.
The Apple ClearMask is reportedly the first fully FDA-cleared fully transparent mask. The mask covers the wearer's entire face but is clear so that the deaf or hard of hearing can understand what the mask wearer is saying by looking at them.
The other mask, like other fabric masks on the market, consists of three layers and can be reused up to five times during washing. The Apple Face Mask also has adjustable strings and, according to Mac rumors, is supposed to cover the nose without fogging up the glasses.
Digital Trends reached out to Apple to learn more about the face masks and to see if the company had plans to distribute / sell the masks beyond its employees. We will update this story when we hear something.
As the Apple Stores have reopened after closing due to the coronavirus, customers will receive basic surgical masks in case they forget their mask. It's unclear whether Apple will make its new Apple-made masks available to future customers in addition to its employees.
Apple began making face shields in April to distribute to health care workers fighting the coronavirus. Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, previously described the initiative as a "company-wide effort bringing together product designers, engineers, operations and packaging teams, and our suppliers to design, manufacture and ship face shields for healthcare workers."