Apple CEO Says Employees Can Buy Apple Watch at Half the Price: Report

Apple CEO Says Employees Can Buy Apple Watch at Half the Price: Report

Apple chief Tim Cook on Monday reportedly sent out a memo to all the company employees thanking them and offering them a special Employee Purchase Plan, which will give them 50 percent discount on Apple Watches.

According to the memo sent by Cook (via 9to5Mac), employees will be receiving 50 percent discount only on the aluminium Apple Watch Sport and stainless steel Apple Watch models. The plan will also give them $550 off on the gold Apple Watch Edition variant.

Cook additionally mentioned that this plan with special discounted prices for Apple Watch will be available for 90 days starting Friday, when the Apple Watch pre-orders will begin. "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," said Cook in the memo.

Furthermore the memo (seen below) stated that 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."

However, Cook did not mention anything about the Apple Watch and the patent issue it is currently facing in Switzerland.

Apple is not able to launch its new smartwatch in Switzerland until at least the end of this year because of an intellectual property rights issue.

The US tech giant cannot use the image of an apple nor the word "apple" to launch its watch within Switzerland, the home of luxury watches, because of a patent from 1985 citing a document from the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property.

Team,

The day we've all been waiting for is almost here: Apple Watch is ready to ship.

Our retail stores are training for a whole new way to engage customers and help them experience Apple's most personal product yet. On Friday, in over four hundred stores across four continents, we'll open our doors to people who want to try on Apple Watch for the first time and start deciding which one is right for them.

Tens of millions of people have seen our keynotes and demonstration videos about the watch, and there's much more to come. Some of the most innovative developers in the world are working on new experiences designed specifically for Apple Watch. More than one thousand 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.

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.

As we introduce the watch in more countries, the special pricing for employees will be offered in those countries as well. Discounts will begin at pre-order and last for 90 days after availability. AppleWeb has more details, so I invite you to check it out.

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.

Congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard for years to help this product reach our customers. And thanks in advance to the thousands of retail employees around the world who will start placing it on people's wrists starting Friday.

Tim

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