Here's a closer look at the special face mask Apple made for its employees
- Apple developed a face mask for employees that has three layers to filter particles and includes flaps for protecting the nose and chin, as Bloomberg previously reported.
- A new video, however, provides a closer look at the mask's appearance and fit.
- The Apple Face Mask also comes with a piece for connecting the two ear straps behind the head for a tighter fit.
- The face mask is said to have been designed by Apple's engineering and design teams, the same groups working on products like the iPhone and iPad.
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Apple developed a special face mask for employees created by the same teams that work on its products. Now, a new video provides a closer glimpse at how Apple's mask looks and fits.
Unbox Therapy published a new video detailing every aspect of Apple's mask, from the packaging to how it fits compared to a normal surgical mask. Details about the mask were first reported in early September by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, who wrote that the face coverings were developed by the same Engineering and Industrial Design teams that work on products such as the iPhone and iPad.
The mask has three layers for filtering particles and can be washed and re-used up to five times, as Bloomberg previously reported. Each package comes with five masks.
The video provides a closer look at how the mask's design differs from that of a typical surgical mask. Apple's face mask includes two flaps that extend the mask's reach over the nose and chin, for example. It also comes with an extra piece that allows you to connect the two ear straps around the back of the head for a more secure fit.
Lewis Hilsenteger, the YouTube personality behind Unbox Therapy, said in the video that Apple's mask felt like it offered a much tighter seal when compared with a standard blue surgical mask. The mask felt very secure when the two straps were connected behind the head, almost like wearing a hat, he said.
If you firmly secure the nose seal, Apple's mask should also make it easier for wearers with glasses to avoid fogging up their eyewear. Hilsenteger tested the Apple mask with a pair of sunglasses during the video and said he was successfully able to prevent them from fogging up after tightening the nose seal.
Apple also created a transparent model known as the ClearMask, which unlike the Apple Face Mask has been sourced outside the company. That version is intended to enable people who are deaf to better understand the wearer since his or her mouth would be visible, Bloomberg also said in its original report.
The company also designed and produced face shields for frontline medical workers, as Apple said back in April.
It's also not the first time a person who has worked at Apple sought to improve the effectiveness of protective face masks. Sabrina Paseman, a former Apple mechanical engineer, cofounded a project called Fix the Mask, which helps people create a brace at home that makes surgical masks fit more tightly around the face to improve their efficacy.
Watch Unbox Therapy's full video about the Apple Face Mask below.
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