iPhone 6 Pre-Order Debacle/Success Extends To Employees

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What’s the point of working at the Apple store if you aren’t given a bit of preferred treatment. I mean for some I suppose, they get to be called geniuses regardless of whether or not they actually hold a MENSA card or register the required 140, 150, or 160 points required by different standards.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus is nothing short of a marvel if you look at the amount of phones pre-ordered in the limited amount of time that it’s been offered.

Apple iPhone 6: Amazing sales numbers

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) said it received more than four million orders of its two new iPhone 6 models in the first 24 hours on Sept. 12, this is considerably more than the company had initially set aside for preorders.That’s more than double the amount of orders it received for the iPhone 5S last year.

While Apple CEO Tim Cook, believes that this new phone (phones) is the “mother of all upgrades, that’s to be expected from the company’s chief. However, he’s not alone in this belief.

“We believe the iPhone 6/6 Plus pre-order numbers indicate demand for the redesigned iPhone is slightly better than high expectations,” Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster wrote in a note to investors recently.

What’s a bit odd is that the wait that Apple is putting its customers through has been extended to its employees.

Apple is not exaggerating the demand it’s seeing. A cursory glance at its own website and the sites of its carrier partners show that you will be waiting for a good long time for Apple’s newest offerings.

9to5Mac has discovered that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is doing its employees no favors in a document it found detailing the process employees will have to go through to get their own hands on the new models.

The explanation

“Creating a great employee experience is just as important as creating a great customer experience,” Apple’s leaked note says. “iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are available to employees for preorder and those employees who are able to queue with customers. For iPhone 6, store team members who work the overnight or morning shift (beginning before noon) on launch day will be able to reserve one iPhone 6 for personal use, to purchase at the end of their shift. Any team members working the afternoon shift (or not working on launch day) should plan to queue with customers, or purchase from unsold inventory at the end of the day.”

That’s just cold. While Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) pays its employees considerably more than, say, the fast food industry. The number of employees ordering new phones is relatively small and it’s a touch strange to see no concessions being made to its foot soldiers.

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