Apple Employee Discount: All Your Burning Questions Answered

Updated December 1, 2023 by Kyle James

Does Apple sound like a cool place to work? Maybe you already got hired or maybe you’re thinking of seeking a job with the tech giant. In either case, it’s important to understand the Apple employee discount as it’s one of their greatest perks. Here’s everything you need to know so you can take full-advantage.

Apple Employee Discount: All Your Burning Questions Answered

What Exactly is the Apple Employee Discount?

Their employee discount is 25% off…well sort of, let me explain.

Specifically, it’s a one-time annual 25% discount in each product category.

Their four main product lines include the iPhone, iPad, computer, and Apple Watch.

So in a year’s time, you could theoretically get each of those devices for 25% off the retail price.

I was also told that workers get 10% off everything in the Apple Store except gift cards. (If you currently work at Apple can you please verify or debunk this in the comments section, thanks in advance.)

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Any Additional Discounts?

Yes, there certainly are.

A former Apple intern said that once you use your 25% discount, you can still take advantage of the 15% off family & friends discount for up to “10 units”.

So you can buy stuff for family and friends and get a cool 15% off.

In addition, after every 2 years of employment, you’ll score a free $500 to buy whatever you want.

This used to be every 3 years, but in 2020 they changed it to every 2 years. (Thanks Dee Dee for the new information!)

PLUS…you can combine the $500 with the 25% employee discount and score a MAJOR deal.

Like the intern says in the article, you basically get a free new iPhone every 2 years.

Do Apple Employees get the Latest iPhone for Free?

I’ve heard this rumor for years, and the answer for employees is unfortunately NO.

Unless of course they take advantage of the work-around hack mentioned above.

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How Long Do Employees Have to Wait to Buy New Products?

After Apple launches a new product, they will immediately be available for employees to purchase with their discount.

This was not always the case as employees would often have to wait at least 1 month until they “opened” the discount to workers.

Do Employees Get Discounts With Cell Phone Carriers?


Wanting to stay anonymous in the comments, I had an employee drop the knowledge on this.

They stated that they “often get discounts with their cell phone/mobile carriers just by having an email address and/or verifiable company credentials.”

While they didn’t say exactly what their discount is, it’s safe to assume this savings could be substantial.

Is There a Discount on Apps or Software?


From the same anonymous employee mentioned above, “Developers of apps or tools are eager to give their software away to employees for free, presumably to get it to gain traction via word of mouth advertising.”

This is very little known perk of working for Apple that is definitely worth mentioning.

Are Any Apple Products Excluded?


Everything that Apple sells is eligible for the employee discount.

How Long Do I Have to Work to Qualify?

You have to work at Apple for 90 days before you’re eligible for the employee discount.

Can the Discount Be Used on Black Friday & Cyber Monday?

Yes, your employee discount can be used any day of the year.

Anything Else Discount Related?

Apparently Apple is also famous for offering a bunch of 3rd party discounts to employees as well.

These products include things like iPhone cases, screen protectors, Apple Watch bands, iPad cases, and laptop accessories.

Discounts range from 10% off all the way up to 50%.

Ask the Reader: Do you work for Apple? If so, let me know how much money their employee discount has saved you.

By Kyle James

Photo Credit to Dru Bloomfield.


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Staying anonymous for job security, but Apple employees do often get discounts with their cell phone/mobile carriers just by having an email address and/or verifiable company credentials. Some carriers even offer discounts on 3rd-party accessories through their online or brick-and-mortar stores.

There is also a space internally where employees can get big benefits from Apple partners, as you mentioned with watch bands, cases, tech accessories & peripherals, etc. And some of these are sweet discounts (going up to 50% off on the site of, say, a well-known electronics & audio manufacturer’s goods site-wide). Additionally, though, software is a big arena for fun benefits. Developers of apps or tools are eager to give their software away to employees for free, presumably to get it to gain traction via word of mouth advertising. As a policy, though, employees working directly with customers cannot recommend one 3rd-part provider over another. If offered, a minimum of 3 options have to be provided when making 3rd-party recommendations of any kind, to prevent this kind of favorable treatment to developers who are more generous with their discounts.

Last edited 3 years ago by Yeahno
Dee Dee Flintakis

They changed the policy to every two years in 2020


Changed “what about the policy” to every two years?? Not sure what policy you’re referring to.

Me me

I believe Dee is saying the policy now offers the $500 towards a product every 2 years instead of 3.

Maurice S.

How long do you have to wait to use a discount after a new product is launched?


In previous years, you would have to wait until they opened the discount to employees – sometimes a month or more. Recently, though, the devices are available at the employee discount prices at the same time they’re made available to the public.


What about apples MagSafe wallet, does it get a discount as well? Do apple employees get discount on the iPhone upgrade program?


how can i join


Can apple employees sponsor other persons rather than their family members


anyone want to share this benefit with me?