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Apple May Offer Store Employees A Free iPad; To Hold A “Top Secret” Meeting Ahead Of Launch

April 3rd, 2010 04:21 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

Apple Store employees to get free ipad

Apple is known to have gifted iPods and iPhones to their retail store employees when these devices first launched in the market. 

A new report on the Apple Insider claims that Cupertino is likely to continue the tradition when the iPad launches today. 

According to the sources that Apple Insider spoke to, the company has called for a "top secret" all hands on deck meeting with the retail store employees at 7 AM on April 3rd when the staff shall be trained on the iPad besides each of the team members receiving a 16GB Wi-Fi model of the much anticipated tablet device.

Details about the meeting are sketchy at the moment and the sources have noted that while this has been a customary practice ahead of new product launches, the freebies however come with a caveat. The source writes:

"I have heard nothing about giving out a free iPad to employees, although that's been done with the iPod and iPhone. I believe there's some continued employment requirement after receiving the device (have to be there 6 months or 1 year after receiving it?). I can confirm the 7AM training sessions and that everyone will work until 10AM. At that point, part-time employees who were scheduled to work later in the day go home, and then come back for their later shift."

Additionally, keeping up with the traditional secretive environment that Apple operates in, the report claims that Apple Store employees have been instructed to handover their iPhones (or other phones) before commencing work. It is seen as a way to prevent unnecessary media leaks that may happen before the media arrive to cover the launch.

Interestingly, Apple is also known to have instructed the authorized resellers who shall be stocking iPads in their stores to keep a low profile about the sale of the devices until the official launch happens. Apple Insider quotes a memo that Apple wrote to these resellers where the company has issued restrictions on the promotional methodologies. Quoting the details in the memo, Apple Insider writes,

"Then, on March 31, Apple notified its dealers: "Please be advised that you may begin to verbally communicate to customers that you will be authorized to sell the iPad." The notices are somewhat puzzling because in a legal context, "verbal communication" means ideas that are expressed in words as opposed to "implied communications." In context, it appears Apple meant to say "oral communication," which denotes spoken conversation rather than print. A verbal contract is not necessarily an oral contract."

With all the hype surrounding the launch of the iPad and the positive reviews, we cannot wait to get our hands on the device ourselves. How about you? Let us know in the comments.

[via Apple Insider]

Source: Apple May Offer Store Employees A Free iPad; To Hold A “Top Secret” Meeting Ahead Of Launch

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