Widespread fears of the coronavirus pandemic have caused a shortage of essential medical gear for civilians and medical professionals alike, prompting massive companies to step in and produce and/or donate face masks, along with gloves and other equipment. Apple is among the other giants taking matters into its own hands, and thanks to a post on its support website, the designs and utility of its in-house face shields have been revealed.
Unlike most medical-grade shields, which feature bright blue headpieces and “FACE SHIELD” text at the forehead, as seen above, Apple’s rendition is unsurprisingly understated. Comprised of only three parts — forehead band, face shield and latex-free silicone strap — the equipment is easy to pack, adjust and sanitize. Presumably, the understated design is intended to smooth out the manufacturing process but even still, it falls in line with Apple’s inimitable design sense.
View the original images and watch the face shields’ offical how-to-assemble clip on Apple’s website. For those seeking their own COVID-19 protection, there’s plenty of face shields on retailers like Amazon, and it’s easy to make your own mask at home.
Meanwhile, other brands are devising their own cutting-edge protective items, like adidas’ 3D-printed carbon face shields.