Apple staff get discount in time for Watch release
Apple is to offer more than 4,500 of its Cork-based employees half-price Watch gadgets when the devices go on sale later this month.
The move was signalled by Apple chief executive Tim Cook in a memo to staff. Prices range from €400 to almost €20,000.
"Starting Friday, in countries where the watch is available for pre-order, a special Employee Purchase Plan will offer a 50pc discount on any Apple Watch or Apple Watch Sport for your personal use," said Mr Cook.
"As we introduce the watch in more countries, the special pricing for employees will be offered in those countries as well."
Mr Cook also said that the Watch's dedicated app store has seen over 1,000 apps submitted in its first few days.
"More than 1,000 apps were submitted in just four days last week when the App Store started accepting them, and the rate of submissions has only been climbing since then," he said.
The Watch is Apple's new apps-based smartwatch that comes with a number of different bands and straps.
It comes in two different sizes (38mm and 42mm) and three different versions (aluminium, steel and gold, priced from €400 to almost €20,000). Its basic functions allow messaging, social media notifications, health-tracking, review of photos and call-answering. It will also respond to voice commands and queries via Siri functionality.
There are diverse apps for it that include music (Shazam), business software (Salesforce) and others. A new app store has been created for it.