Apple employees will be able to purchase one of Apple's new HomePod speakers at a significant discount, with Apple dropping the price by 50 percent for its staff members. Several Apple employees have taken to Twitter to share news of Apple's generosity, and Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has confirmed the discount.

In the United States, the HomePod is priced at $349, so employees will be able to purchase it at a discounted rate of around $175.

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By offering the HomePod to employees at a reduced rate, Apple will ensure that some of its retail staff get hands-on real-world experience with the new speaker, allowing them to better assist customers with the device.

Apple also provides these kinds of discounts as a thank you to employees for all of their hard work, as a new product launch often entails a redecorating, training, and other behind-the-scenes efforts.

Apple offered a similar discount program for the Apple Watch when it launched in 2015, allowing employees to purchase any stainless steel or Sport Apple Watch model for personal use at a 50 percent discount.

The HomePod is available for purchase now from the online Apple Store, and it will officially launch on Friday, February 9.

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Top Rated Comments

Asarien Avatar
42 months ago
Apple used to outright give employees products. Now, they have hundreds of billions more in the bank than they ever did when they issued free iPods and first-generation iPhones, yet still treat their employees like trash.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
benface Avatar
42 months ago
Can’t believe the comments here. This is clearly a desperate move to popularize the device because they don’t think it will sell well.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
greg1975 Avatar
42 months ago
Paying for your employer to install a microphone in your home!
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
levitynyc Avatar
42 months ago
Still too expensive.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ultramove69 Avatar
42 months ago
If they’re offering such a discount then that’s pretty awesome. To others who can still manage to be negative about even news like this - Apple doesn’t have to offer any discount. I think it a pretty cool gesture if they are in fact doing this.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AJ5790 Avatar
42 months ago
Well now...isn’t that gracious. What’s the typical employee discount?
I think it’s 10-15%. Have a friend who works there but it’s been awhile since we talked about it.
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Can’t believe the comments here. This is clearly a desperate move to popularize the device because they don’t think it will sell well.
They did it with the undeniably successful Apple Watch too. Lol
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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