The brand got its designers, engineers, operations, packaging and suppliers to develop an adjustable device that can be assembled in two minutes.
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This story originally appeared on PC Mag
Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that his company intends to start shipping a million face shields to healthcare workers each week.
As The Verge reports, Tim Cook said on Twitter how Apple has managed to develop more than 20 million face masks throughout its supply chain, helping to fulfill a promise the CEO previously made . Rather than simply handing them over to anyone who requests them, Cook said he is working with various governments to ensure “these are donated to the places of greatest need.”
Apple is dedicated to supporting the worldwide response to COVID-19. We've now sourced over 20M masks through our supply chain. Our design, engineering, operations and packaging teams are also working with suppliers to design, produce and ship face shields for medical workers. pic.twitter.com/3xRqNgMThX
– Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 5, 2020
Image: Tim Cook via Twitter
While getting millions of face masks is great, Apple is doing something better by deciding to make face shields with its own resources. Cook brought together “product designers, engineering, operations, packaging teams, and our suppliers to design, produce, and ship face shields for healthcare workers.” There are few companies that can match Apple when it comes to bringing product design from conception to delivery, so the end result of this collaboration is impressive and surprising.
The face shield Apple has produced is fully adjustable to fit each head and can be packaged and shipped in boxes of 100. Opening the box, each shield can be assembled in less than two minutes, giving healthcare workers access to the protection they need quickly in hospitals around the world. The new shields have already been shipped to Kaiser Hospital facilities in the Santa Clara Valley in California, and Apple now intends to ship more than a million each week.
As with face masks, Apple wants to ensure that face shields get where they are needed most. For now, shipping is limited to the United States, but there are plans to expand delivery to other countries as soon as possible.