Apple slashes HomePod employee discount, could signal inventory offload
What you need to know
- It is reported that Apple has slashed the employee discount price of its HomePod.
- Employees can reportedly now buy one for just $149, half the standard price.
- Reports suggest this could signal an imminent update.
It is being reported that Apple has dramatically reduced the employee price for its HomePod, in a sign that could indicate Apple is about to release an update to the product and needs to offload inventory.
As reported by 9to5Mac:
The HomePod was discounted by 50% for employees when it was initially launched, and Apple also offered half-price reductions on the original Series 1 Apple Watch when that was announced. Whilst significantly higher than Apple's usual employee discount (around 27%), a 50% reduction is not unheard of. A similar report from iGeneration claims that Apple is trying to offload not only the HomePod but also stocks of Beats headphones.
The news could signal the HomePod is due to be refreshed in a coming update.
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It could also be more evidence that they are simply not selling. Remember, the original price was $350, which was absurd. You can find them every day on eBay for around $200 new, for the last few months. Lots of places are dumping them. High price and Apple lock-in (no Bluetooth) means slow sales.
Hoping the new update makes sense and sounds better