Apple just made the Apple Watch totally affordable (but not for you, unfortunately)

Pre-orders for the Apple Watch are closing in fast, with Apple ready to get them started this coming Friday, right at the stroke of midnight. And while swarms of shoppers are expected to descend on the offer the first chance they get, there’s little denying that Apple’s first wearable is an expensive one, with even the lowest-priced options selling for considerably more than the bulk of their wearable competition. As we steel ourselves to shell out $350, $400, $600, or more on the Apple Watch, we get word of an Apple discount that’s coming to make the wearable a hell of a lot more affordable – with the caveat that precious few of us will be able to take advantage of it.

Apple has just disclosed to its employees that they’ll be able to get their own Apple Watch at a fifty percent discount over what the rest of us will be paying. Well, fifty percent off the regular and Sport versions, at least – Apple’s not so generous as to cut the $10,000 Watch Edition price in half (though it will concede to give employees a $550 discount on even those most expensive Apple Watch models).

Know a friend at Apple and are hoping they can get you a $200 Apple Watch thanks to this deal? Well, don’t get too excited just yet, as Apple also explains to employees in the memo announcing this offer that the discounted smartwatches are to be for employee use only.

We know, that all makes this news a bit of a tease. Maybe we’re just looking for a little commiseration as we begin to accept how much we’re about to pay for a smartwatch. But man: if being an Apple employee didn’t sound like a sweet gig before, this is the icing on the cake.

Source: 9to5 Mac

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