Apple employees can buy the HomePod for half price over the next two months

According to a tweet from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, for the next two months Apple employees can purchase the HomePod at a 50% discount. Apple's smart speaker will launch on February 9th, and can be pre-ordered now at a price of $349. But if you work for Apple, you'll be paying $174.50 for what amounts to a premium speaker combined with personal virtual assistant Siri.

Apple is focusing on the audio experience by buffing up the speaker compared to the competition. The HomePod speaker features a custom-made woofer and 7 "beam-forming" tweeters, and the smart speaker is powered by the same Apple A8 chip used on the Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus.

Giving its employees a discount on a newly released product is not something new for Apple. Back when the Apple Watch launched in April 2015, employees received a discount when they purchased Apple's then-new smartwatch. 

With Tim Cook praising the audio quality of the HomePod, Apple could very well offer premium sound quality with its smart speaker. Where the device fails to live up to the competition is with Siri. Amazon's Alexa has become the industry's virtual assistant darling, and Google Assistant also gets high marks. Siri's dearth of third party integration could be the big anchor that weighs down the HomePod.


source: @markgurman

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11 Comments

1. Phullofphil

Posts: 1831; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

That would be nice

4. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Doesn't stream music through Bluetooth, its an expensive paperweight.

5. notfair

Posts: 766; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

What? For real? Just to make you buy apple music subscription? Does it let you stream Spotify or Google music?

15. Sakeem

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

No. Only Apple music.

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Oh, just like I said in other article, HomePod and Apple watch share a same problem.. Now, they're trying to ripping off their own worker to buy this beta product..

7. palmguy

Posts: 987; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Has Apple ever done this for a brand new product line? Increasing the sell numbers internally. :-)

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4326; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Yes they have. Watch was one for sure. It's done because normally Apple can tell you how this improves your life when they launch a product but with watch and homepod they didn't have a story to tell so they gave them to employees hoping they will use their experience with the units to help sell them to customers. Don't worry though, at 50% off they are still making healthy margin.

12. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2275; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Yeah this is a limited speaker in comparison to the Echo. Plus it doesn’t have any app skills built in. It’s pretty pathetic with no Bluetooth capabilities as most people want to stream from different sources. Not worth $350. More like $150.

13. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Wouldn't matter if it did have Bluetooth capabilities as it's completely locked in to Apple services, They have locked out other popular streaming apps such as Spotify and Google music. Pretty pathetic really, but they are only caring for the customer /s.

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