The outspread of COVID-19 and the impact it is having on everyday life cannot be understated. Governments, Businesses, Health Organisation entities are doing what can be done in efforts to delay and hopefully halt the outspread, for the sake of humanity.
Below is an updated timeline of Apple’s efforts combating the outspread.
Updated with new developments…
FEB 17, 2020 — Investor update on quarterly guidance:
Our quarterly guidance issued on January 28, 2020 reflected the best information available at the time as well as our best estimates about the pace of return to work following the end of the extended Chinese New Year holiday on February 10. Work is starting to resume around the country, but we are experiencing a slower return to normal conditions than we had anticipated. As a result, we do not expect to meet the revenue guidance we provided for the March quarter due to two main factors.
MAR 13, 2020 — Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2020 kicks off in June with an all-new online format :
Cupertino, California — Apple today announced it will host its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June. Now in its 31st year, WWDC 2020 will take on an entirely new online format packed with content for consumers, press and developers alike. The online event will be an opportunity for millions of creative and innovative developers to get early access to the future of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS, and engage with Apple engineers as they work to build app experiences that enrich the lives of Apple customers around the globe.
Apple also announced it will commit $1 million to local San Jose organizations to offset associated revenue loss as a result of WWDC 2020’s new online format.
MAR 13, 2020 — Apple’s COVID-19 response:
Apple’s committed donations to the global COVID-19 response — both to help treat those who are sick and to help lessen the economic and community impacts of the pandemic — today reached $15 million worldwide.
We’re also announcing that we are matching our employee donations two-to-one to support COVID-19 response efforts locally, nationally and internationally.
Offices and Stores:
We will be closing all of our retail stores outside of Greater China until March 27.
In all of our offices, we are moving to flexible work arrangements worldwide outside of Greater China.
All of our hourly workers will continue to receive pay in alignment with business as usual operations. We have expanded our leave policies to accommodate personal or family health circumstances created by COVID-19 — including recovering from an illness, caring for a sick loved one, mandatory quarantining, or childcare challenges due to school closures.
MAR 14, 2020 — Ensuring the Credibility of Health & Safety Information:
To help fulfill these expectations, we’re evaluating apps critically to ensure data sources are reputable and that developers presenting these apps are from recognized entities such as government organizations, health-focused NGOs, companies deeply credentialed in health issues, and medical or educational institutions. Only developers from one of these recognized entities should submit an app related to COVID-19. Entertainment or game apps with COVID-19 as their theme will not be allowed.
MAR 16, 2020 — Temporary Retail Store Closures FAQ:
Q: I want to return a product I recently purchased but the 14-day return period will end before March 28—what should I do?
A: Don’t worry. We’ll accept your return up to 14 days after we reopen.*
*Exclusions: Contracted iPhones (US, CA, JP, AU); Carrier financing (US only); Trade-in devices (value of device can be given in form of gift card)
APR 5, 2020 — Apple Sourced 20M Masks, Designing and Producing Face Shields for Medical Workers:
How to assemble the Apple designed Face Shield:
APR 7, 2020 — Apple Music Quietly Starts $50 Million COVID-19 Advance Fund for Indie Labels:
These are difficult times for the music industry globally. Livelihoods are at risk, with multiple sources of income that our industry relies on vanishing overnight. Apple has a deep, decades-long history with music, and we are proud to be in close partnership with the best labels and artists in the world. We want to help.
Today Apple Music is announcing the creation of a $50 million-plus fund available as advances on future royalties to independent labels, to help them pay artists and maintain operations.
APR 10, 2020 — Apple and Google Partner on COVID-19 Contact Tracing Technology:
Across the world, governments and health authorities are working together to find solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic, to protect people and get society back up and running. Software developers are contributing by crafting technical tools to help combat the virus and save lives. In this spirit of collaboration, Google and Apple are announcing a joint effort to enable the use of Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the virus, with user privacy and security central to the design.
Since COVID-19 can be transmitted through close proximity to affected individuals, public health officials have identified contact tracing as a valuable tool to help contain its spread.
All of us at Apple and Google believe there has never been a more important moment to work together to solve one of the world’s most pressing problems.
Privacy-Preserving Contact Tracing.
APR 14, 2020 — Apple makes Mobility Data Available to aid COVID-19 Efforts:
Apple today released a mobility data trends tool from Apple Maps to support the impactful work happening around the globe to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This mobility data may provide helpful insights to local governments and health authorities and may also be used as a foundation for new public policies by showing the change in volume of people driving, walking or taking public transit in their communities.
Apple Maps Mobility Trends Reports.
MAY 7, 2020 — Apple Awards $10M from Advanced Manufacturing Fund to COPAN Diagnostics:
Apple today announced it is awarding $10 million from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund to COPAN Diagnostics, a market leader in sample collection kits that play a critical role in COVID-19 testing. This funding will allow COPAN Diagnostics to rapidly accelerate their supply of sample collection kits for hospitals across the United States, expanding production from several thousand today to more than one million kits per week by early July.