Apple Starting Pilot iPad Rental Program For Apple Store Employees
CNET is reporting Apple plans to start a pilot program that would allow Apple retail store employees to “check out” iPads for up to a week.
The program would utilize a stockpile of “loaner” iPads from which employees could borrow devices and use them freely before returning the devices for others to rent out. None of these iPads will see the hands of customers as “new” devices.
As of now Apple’s flagship store in San Francisco is the only store planning to implement the pilot program. It remains unclear whether other Apple stores will expand the program to other stores across the country. If it does in fact become standard policy for Apple store, being an Apple retail employee just added a nice new perk.
CNET talked to an official Apple spokesman, but they declined to “comment on or verify the existence of the program.” Still, the benefits of the program could make Apple’s retail establishments even more customer friendly. Not every Apple employee owns an iPad, and allowing them to take one home for a week from time to time will only help salespeople familiarize themselves with the device and pass that experience on to the customer.