Apple Offering Work-From-Home Support Roles to Retail Employees [Updated]

Apple has recently contacted some of its retail employees in the U.S. with an opportunity to work from home as a support advisor on a temporary basis due to the ongoing pandemic, according to sources familiar with the matter.

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Retail employees who accept this offer will receive the necessary equipment from Apple to offer support to customers by phone or online chat, as well as a small cash incentive, one source noted. It is unclear how long this at-home role will last, how many employees have been offered this opportunity, or if it is being offered in any other countries.

Jon Prosser of the YouTube channel Front Page Tech has also relayed this news today, noting that participating employees each receive an iMac.


With thousands of Apple retail employees that are already well experienced with sales and support currently sitting at home, this move makes sense, and will help alleviate the workload of Apple's existing at-home advisors.

Update: Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has confirmed this news, noting that employees in the program are not being asked to work beyond their regular hours.

Update 2: MacRumors has learned that the at-home work program appears to be available to all Apple retail employees, not just Geniuses and Technical Specialists. Participating employees must be able to accept delivery of a 27-inch iMac delivered by courier and are required to participate in virtual training.

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Top Rated Comments

macfacts Avatar
56 months ago

I think a face-to-face work environment is usually better most of the time, but after we prevail over COVID-19, I think there are a lot of people who will say to their employers, why can't I work from home, it worked before.
Once that employee asks that, the boss is going to say why can't I hire someone across the globe to work remotely cheaper.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
calzon65 Avatar
56 months ago
I think a face-to-face work environment is usually better most of the time, but after we prevail over COVID-19, I think there are a lot of people who will say to their employers, why can't I work from home, it worked before.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
J InTech82 Avatar
56 months ago

Thanks for the photo. I now know what it looks like to be work from home as an Apple support specialist. Looks like I'm going to need a headset, an iMac, a desk, and pen and paper.

Don't forget the desk plant. Very important /s
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
randolorian Avatar
56 months ago
Thanks for the photo. I now know what it looks like to be work from home as an Apple support specialist. Looks like I'm going to need a headset, an iMac, a desk, and pen and paper.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
I7guy Avatar
56 months ago

Once that employee asks that, the boss is going to say why can't I hire someone across the globe to work remotely cheaper.
Failed experiments (with overseas development / jpbs) that don't really pan out the way they should. Or do you have a success story in mind?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
citysnaps Avatar
56 months ago
Smart move.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)