Apple employees get 50% off Apple Watch, thousands of apps already submitted

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The Apple Watch is coming, with the pre-order date set to kick-off on Friday, April 10 and sales going live on Friday, April 24.

As is customary for Tim Cook, a memo has been sent out ahead of those important dates, thanking everyone within Apple for their hard work with the Watch, specifically calling out those who directly helped bring the Watch to life saying, “congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard for years to help this product reach our customers.” At the same time, Cook also prepares those within the company, especially at retail sites, for April 10, when try-on sessions for the Apple Watch Sport and stainless steel Watch will begin in over 400 Apple Stores.

Not only that, Cook confirmed something else noteworthy for those who call Apple their place of work. There will be a 50% discount available to those interested in buying the wearable for the first 90 days, both for the Apple Watch Sport and Watch. For the Watch Edition, Apple will knock off $550 for Apple employees. Compare that to the free original iPhone the majority of the company received, and the lack of a discount at launch for Apple employees for the original iPad.

Apple Watch app submissions opened up last week, and according to Cook, the results have been phenomenal, saying, “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.”

The full memo, which was obtained by 9to5Mac, can be read below.

    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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[via 9to5Mac]