Apple Employees To Get 50 Percent Discount On Apple Watch And Apple Watch Sport

While not on par with the free iPhone the company doled out to every employee when that device first hit the market in 2007, the news that Apple will offer a 50% discount to all of their personnel who envision themselves adorned with either the Apple Watch Sport ($349) or the Apple Watch ($550-$1,099) no doubt brought smiles galore to many. Unfortunately, the 50% discount does not carry over to the Apple Watch Edition ($10,000-$17,000), though Apple employees planning to shed a few shares of AAPL for the purpose of slapping the 18K-gold tech-bauble on their wrists can count on a $500 reduction on the purchase price.


Tim Cook made the timely announcement yesterday in an all-hands email, in which he said "I know that many of you have been looking forward to choosing an Apple Watch for yourselves, and we want to make it easy for you. Starting Friday, in countries where the watch is available for pre-order, a special Employee Purchase Plan will offer a 50% discount on any Apple Watch or Apple Watch Sport for your personal use." Cook continues, saying "Our products enrich people’s lives like no others, and we think Apple Watch is going to delight our customers in ways people can’t yet imagine. We want you to share in that experience right alongside them."

In his email, Cook's also shares with employees the fact that over 1,000 were submitted last week, over the first four days that submissions were accepted by the App Store, and that submissions have only continued to climb. In closing, he congratulates everyone who worked to create Apple Watch and offers thanks to all of the Apple Store workers who will be braving the new Apple product maelstrom to come.

Pre-orders for the Apple Watch will be accepted beginning this Friday (April 10) at 12:01 Pacific Standard Time (PST), with try-on appointments becoming available that same day, as well. The official launch date of the Apple Watch is April 24.