Apple Designs Face Shields for COVID-19 Healthcare Workers

Apple's newest product is all about saving lives

Apple's efforts to design, build, and ship Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) reminds us that it doesn't matter what you were doing before the COVID-19 pandemic, we're all in this together and everyone and every company potentially has a role to play.

Apple Store - Palo Alto
Apple Sore - Palo Alto. Apple, Inc

Apple is now making face shields. Company CEO Tim Cook announced Apple has designed and is shipping protective gear to healthcare workers treating COVID-19 pandemic victims.

Much more than a phone: Cook showed off the new face shield design on Twitter, explaining that they could be packed flat and fit 100 to a box.

How they did it: Apparently, Apple approached the project as they would any consumer product, enlisting product designers, engineering, operations, and packaging teams to design and build the shields.

A COVID-19 battle partner: As COVID-19 spread across the globe and established numerous hot spots across the U.S, Apple, like other tech companies, has been on the front lines of the fight, it recently launched a COVID-19 screening app and last week teamed up with Laurene Powell (Apple founder Steve Job's widow) and Leonardo DiCaprio to raise $15 million for a Coronavirus food relief fund.

Apple CEO Tim Cook
Apple CEO Tim Cook shows off the new Apple Face Shield masks.  Apple / Tim Cook

Not iSheilds: Cook says Apple, which initially shipped some face shields to a California hospital, hopes to ship more that a million of the shields per week and may eventually ship them outside the U.S. "In both these efforts, our focus is on unique ways Apple can help, meeting essential needs of caregivers urgently and at a scale the circumstances require," said Cook on Twitter.

Bottom Line: The White House and CDC have warned that we're entering some of the COVID-19 pandemic's most difficult weeks, which means more patients and an even more desperate need for healthcare gear, something that's been in critically short supply since the pandemic began in March. Apple's efforts could help change that narrative and provide much-needed protection for these front-line healthcare professionals.

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