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Apple now makes face shields

Apple is designing and distributing face shields to medical workers in the United States. BRYAN TURNER unpacks what this means.



The CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, has tweeted an update to the company’s COVID-19 crisis statement, where he previously announced their teams were “working to help source supplies for healthcare providers fighting COVID-19”. 

In a video update, Cook says the tech giant has sourced over 20-million masks through smart movements in its global supply chain. Apple is now working with governments to send them where they’re needed most. 

Cook showed off one of the shields designed by Apple in the video update (below). He said Apple has brought together product designers, engineers, operations, packaging teams, and suppliers to design the masks. 

Its first shipment went to a hospital in the Santa Clara Valley last week and the feedback from doctors was very positive, say Cook. The shields pack flat and one hundred can fit in a box. Cook says the masks can be assembled in under two minutes and allows for safe adjustability. The materials are from the US and China. 

Apple forecasts that it would have shipped a million shields by Sunday, followed by another million next week.