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.
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.)
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.
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 @apple.com 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.