Apple CEO Tim Cook has sent a memo out to all employees, congratulating everyone who worked on the Apple Watch, saying “congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard for years to help this product reach our customers.”
9to5Mac notes Cook also reminded the company’s retail employees that Friday marks the first day customers can try on the new wearable.
Cook also announced that Apple employees will receive a sweet 50% discount on the purchase of the aluminum and stainless steel models. While Cook’s memo doesn’t mention anything about the gold Edition model, a screenshot from Apple’s HRWeb site, seen above, shows a $550 discount for the top-end gold Edition model. The special pricing for employees will run for 90 days, starting this Friday. (The screenshot above was supplied to us by an anonymous Apple Retail employee.)
Cook also noted that over one thousand apps were submitted in just four days last week, when the App Store began accepting them, and the rate of submissions has only been climbing since then.”
The full memo from Cook can be seen below:
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.