Apple recently Launched their new MacBook Pro. A superb looking machine that is faster, thinner and lighter than it’s predecessors.
“It has the brightest, most colourful Mac notebook display ever. And it introduces the Touch Bar — a Multi-Touch–enabled strip of glass built into the keyboard for instant access to the tools you want, just when you want them”
So far so good. Apple also recently told the world about their new TV app:
“The Apple TV app offers a unified experience for discovering and accessing TV shows and movies from multiple apps on Apple TV, iPhone and iPad”
This sounds pretty decent too, although sadly there’s no international launch date. This means that UK audiences won’t be enjoying super-duper instantaneous multi-device streaming for a few more months. This is all well and good, but what else is happening with Apple?
Well, currency fluctuations – widely credited to be due to the effects of Brexit – have meant that there are now big increases in the cost of Apple (and other technology manufacturers) prices compared to our US counterparts.
9.7in iPad Pro, 32GB: Now £549, was £499 (£50 increase).
12in MacBook, 256GB: Now: £1,249, was £1,049 (£200 increase).
I’m sure you’ll agree that major price increases on these popular products present consumers with a problem. Top Apple tech that was broadly within the reach of your average consumer up until the 26 October is now much less attainable.
Time for the solution (our clever bit)…
We can help employers offer their workforce salvation from the tech price hikes.
Techscheme and Phonescheme enable employers to play a vital role in helping their workforces navigate Brexit. Employers that offer tech benefits are helping colleagues mitigate some of negative effects that the Brexit currency fluctuations are causing.
Techscheme enables employees to save up to 12% on the cost of technology – everything from laptops and tablets to smart health and home automation products. The service is free of charge to employers, easy to implement and can really help salaries go further. The scheme offers consumers a better than interest free solution, with no credit checks and the built in ability to spread the cost.
Phonescheme also enables employees to save money – this time specifically on phones – and with the added advantage of also being able to save employers money too! Employees can save up to 42% on the latest smartphones whilst employers save up to 13.8% of the phone’s value in National Insurance Contribution savings (NICs). This service is free of charge to employers and can offer a great solution to employers that want to offer bring your own device schemes (BYOD) too.
In a new world where important and necessary everyday technology is costing more, employer’s that offer a fantastic range of tech benefits will be well placed to help their workforce weather the financial storm.