November 10, 2021
Apple introduces Apple Business Essentials
New service, available today in beta, consolidates device management, support and storage into one comprehensive subscription for small businesses
CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA Apple today announced Apple Business Essentials, a brand new service that bundles device management, 24/7 Apple support, and iCloud storage into flexible subscription plans for small businesses with up to to 500 employees. The company also unveiled a new Apple Business Essentials app that lets employees install apps for work and ask for help.
Apple Business Essentials saves valuable time for small businesses as they grow. Available today in beta, the service supports small businesses throughout the device management lifecycle, from device setup to employee onboarding and device upgrades, while providing enhanced security, priority support, and secure data storage and backup.
“Small businesses are the heart of our economy, and we’re proud that Apple products play a role in the growth of these businesses,” said Susan Prescott, vice president of corporate marketing and education at Apple. “Apple Business Essentials is designed to help streamline every step of managing employee devices in a small business – from setup, onboarding and upgrading, to accessing fast service and priority support, while keeping data backed up and secure, so businesses can focus on running their business.
Easy setup and integration with collections
Apple Business Essentials is a complete solution that simplifies employee onboarding, allowing a small business to easily configure, deploy, and manage Apple products from anywhere.
In Apple Business Essentials, collections allow IT staff to configure settings and applications for individual users, groups, or devices. When employees sign in to their corporate or personal device with their work credentials, Collections automatically send settings such as VPN configurations and Wi-Fi passwords. Additionally, Collections will install the new Apple app. Business Essentials on each employee’s home screen, where they can download their assigned business applications, such as Cisco Webex or Microsoft Word.
Enhanced security with FileVault, activation lockout, and user registration
With Apple Business Essentials, it’s easy to maintain strong security throughout the organization. IT managers can apply critical security settings like FileVault for full disk encryption on Mac and Activation Lock to protect devices that can be lost or stolen, and Apple Business Essentials ensures they’re not mistakenly disabled. . When employees use a personal device at work, user enrollment creates cryptographic separation for work data, to ensure that employee data remains private while company data remains secure.
Secure storage and backup with iCloud
In addition to easy setup and integration, Apple Business Essentials provides a dedicated iCloud account for work, offering simple and secure storage, backup and collaboration on files and documents. Business data in iCloud is automatically stored and backed up, making it easy to move between devices or upgrade to a new device.
Full support and repairs with AppleCare + for Business Essentials
Businesses have the flexibility to add fast, reliable service for employee devices with priority Apple Support. When a business adds AppleCare + for Business Essentials to their plan, they get 24/7 access to phone support, training for IT administrators and employees, and up to two repairs to the phone. devices per plan each year. Employees can initiate repairs directly from the new Apple Business Essentials app, and an Apple-trained technician can be on-site in under four hours to get their devices back to service.
A set of three simple Apple Business Essentials plans allow businesses to cover all employees and devices in their organization. Plans can be customized to support each user with up to three devices and up to 2TB of secure storage in iCloud, starting at $ 2.99 per month, with optional AppleCare + for Apple Business Essentials.1
Apple Business Essentials is available as a free beta starting today in the United States. The service will be fully available in Spring 2022. To sign up for the beta, visit apple.com/business/essentials.
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- AppleCare + for Business Essentials is not available during the free beta period; price to be announced.
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