Apple announces remote work until 2021

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Apple Inc. unveiled its remote work plans this week.

Apple Inc. unveiled its remote work plans this week.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced that employees will not return to office work until 2021, joining plans from other major tech companies for a work-from-home future.

“We have postponed the period in which US employees would return until early next year. To go further, it would depend on the success of a vaccine, the success of the therapy, ”Cook told Bloomberg TV.

Neighboring tech giant Google told workers last week they could work from home until July 2021, and Facebook is also dramatically increasing remote working.

Of all the big tech companies, Twitter has taken the most progressive remote working stance, with CEO Jack Dorsey telling employees they can continue to work remotely all the time.

Cook compared Apple’s process for reopening its offices to an “accordion,” in which the company would open offices and then close them again if necessary based on pandemic data. He said it was the same approach they took when opening and closing their retail stores. Fourteen Apple stores in the United States closed again last week after regional outbreaks of viral infections.

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Andrew Chamings is a writer at SFGATE. Email: [email protected] | Twitter: @AndrewChamings

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