What you need to know
- Apple says its offices in the US will not reach a full return before the end of the year.
- The company is also encouraging retail workers for closed stores to work remotely.
- COVID-19 tests are being sent to employee's homes.
Apple has been keeping many of its corporate employees in the United States remote for the last few months. According to a new report from Bloomberg, remote work for those employees could be extended until at least 2021.
According to an internal memo sent to staff last month, the company has said that it does not anticipate a full return to offices across the United States by the end of 2020. It does, however, see such a possibility for offices outside of the US in Asia and Europe.
In addition to its plans to stay remote for corporate employees, the company is also asking retail employees whose stores have closed to sign up for remote work as well. Deirdre O'Brien, Apple's senior vice president of retail and people, sent a video to retail employees over the weekend encouraging them to work remotely to support customers where they are now.
Apple had already been providing COVID-19 testing at its corporate offices for the employees who needed to work there, but it is also now sending testing packets to employee's homes.
Apple has been monitoring and closing its offices and stores as needed for the last few months and, according to this report, the company is anticipating remote work may become an extended reality for many very soon.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.