Apple starts shipping its new face shields, designed to help health-workers amid COVID-19

Aniket Gupta
2 min readApr 8, 2020
Fairly simple design

After Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook announced on Sunday via Twitter, that apple will be producing and shipping face shields to help health-workers, working on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the shields have already made their way to medical workers of the hospitals in Santa Clara, California.

Face shields will provide another layer of protection on top of other protective gear, to all the health care workers who are so close to danger and one of the benefits is they can be sterilized and reused. The shields ship flat in boxes of 100, and take less than 2 minutes to assemble and are adjustable.

Apple hopes to ship 1 Million masks by the end of this week and another Million by next week. They are sourcing material and manufacturing in US and China, and they hope to ship it out of US soon.

It has published a step by step guide on its support page detailing out all the steps to assemble and adjust your face shield, along with a video. Compatible chemical solutions to sterilize face shields are also listed down.

70% Ethanol

70% Isopropyl Alcohol

6% Bleach

3% Hydrogen Peroxide

At this time of need, other Tech giants are also launching new initiatives to tackle the situation. Google launched a mobility report based on Google Maps data, Tesla posted a video on their YouTube channel showing how Model3’s parts are being used to design ventilators, Nike is also supplying health-workers with their custom face shields.

Health care workers are at high risk of catching the virus, especially when the COVID-19 cases are increasing at an alarming rate throughout the world while the hospitals are running short of PPE’s. This step from Apple would surely help the fight against the virus, but would this be enough?