Apple Reportedly Planning iPad Loan Program for Retail Staff

The iPhone maker Apple is reportedly making preparations to kick start a new program which will allow retail employees to borrow iPads from the company.

According to CNET, the Cupertino based technology powerhouse is planning to roll out the new programme exclusively at a flagship store in San Francisco, and it will see the Apple store employees being allowed to borrow the iPad tablet for a week at a time.

No further details about the programme have been revealed so far. But, word on the streets is that the company is planning to make its employees as much familiar as they can with iPads before the hugely anticipated launch of the iOS 5.

On being approached for comments, an Apple spokesperson reportedly declined to comment on the programme.

This is the first instance when the company is planning to introduce a lending programme for its employees. Previously, in 2007, it carried out a give-away program of the original iPhone for the store workers.

According to analysts, the move, no doubt, will help the store employees significantly with some actual experience with the iPad and iOS software.