Apple's fellow tech companies have been hesitant to send employees back to the office, but the iPhone and computer maker is figuring out how to do it.
Apple is starting to inform employees that it will launch a first phase of bringing them back to the office starting in late May and early June, according to Bloomberg, which obtained a copy of the plan. Apple will start the process with teams in the company's hardware development business, according to the report.
The company was quick to note in the memo that it has already started bringing some employees back to other offices around the world, and the new policy will apply to those working in the U.S. Apple has also been asking employees in other divisions, including in data centers and some employees in hardware, to work in the office during the coronavirus outbreak.
Apple's decision stands in stark contrast to some of its industry peers, like Twitter, which told employees this week that they can work from home "forever." Facebook has said employees can stay at home until Labor Day, and other tech heavyweights have allowed workers to stay home indefinitely.
Salesforce, which like Apple, has invested heavily in office real estate, has said that employees could start returning to the office in a matter of weeks.
It's worth noting, of course, that Apple operates a decidedly different business than Twitter, which lives only online. Apple's operation is heavily weighted in hardware, which requires time inside an office to perform testing, engineering, and other activities.
Still, Apple's plan doesn't center solely on hardware. The company said that its second phase, which will begin in July, will allow for employees in other divisions to return to the office. Those who also face "challenges working from home" can also start returning to the office later this month, regardless of their division.
It's unclear from the report whether Apple's top executives, including CEO Tim Cook, will be regularly working in the office or not. But with the investment Apple has made in Apple Park -- and the nature of its business -- getting employees back to the office sooner rather than later is clearly necessary. Now let's hope it goes well.