Apple Computer Inc. (AAPL) said Monday it has agreed to give free laptops and desktop computers to employees who pay the $199 minimum.
The company will give the computers to 1 million employees at its campuses in New York, California, New Jersey and Florida, a move that the company said would “help improve the productivity and productivity outcomes of our employees.”
The company’s total spending on software and hardware in 2016 was $17.6 billion.
The move comes a month after Apple began selling free iPad tablets at some of its corporate offices.
In August, it began offering free computers to workers who paid for the tablets.
The program started in early 2016 at its corporate campuses in San Francisco, Seattle and San Jose, and now extends to about 1 million workers at its main headquarters in Cupertino, California.
The news comes amid criticism that Apple has been slow to expand its workforce.
The company said in September that it has about 16,000 workers at a number of its retail stores, most of them in major cities like San Francisco and Seattle.
Apple said the free computers would be available to employees through its App Store, which it said had more than 6.5 billion apps.
It added that more than half of those apps were free.