March 31, 2022
Apple Business Essentials now available for small businesses
Thousands of small businesses participating in the Apple Business Essentials beta have reported significant time savings and a renewed ability to focus on their mission
CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA Apple today announced that Apple Business Essentials is now available to all small businesses in the United States. The new service bundles device management, 24/7 Apple Support, and iCloud storage into flexible subscription plans. Apple also unveiled new AppleCare+ options for Business Essentials that can be added to any plan. Additionally, a two-month free trial will be available to all customers, including those using Apple Business Essentials in beta.
“Apple has been committed for decades to helping small businesses thrive. From the dedicated business teams in our stores to the App Store Small Business program, our goal is to help every business grow, compete and succeed,” said Susan Prescott, vice president of marketing for businesses and the education at Apple. “We look forward to bringing Apple Business Essentials to even more small businesses to simplify device management, storage, support and repair.” Using this new service results in invaluable time savings for customers, including those without dedicated IT staff, which they can reinvest in their business. »
Apple Business Essentials supports small businesses throughout the device management lifecycle — from device setup to device upgrades — while providing enhanced security, priority support, and storage and data backup. The complete solution starts with a simple employee onboarding, allowing a small business to easily configure, deploy and manage Apple products from anywhere. With the Collections feature, groups of apps can be provided to employees or teams, and settings can be automatically pushed to devices, such as VPN configurations, Wi-Fi passwords, and more.
Employees simply sign in to their work account on their iPhone, iPad, or Mac using a Managed Apple ID. Once connected, they’ll have access to everything they need to be productive, including the new Apple Business Essentials app, where they can download the business apps available to them. Managed Apple IDs can be created by federating with Microsoft Azure Active Directory and, later this spring, Google Workspace Identity Services, allowing employees to sign in to their device with a username and password. unique professional passes. Apple Business Essentials works with company-issued and personal devices, and with Apple’s User Enrollment feature, personal employee information remains private and cryptographically separated from work data.
In addition to simplified setup, Apple Business Essentials provides a dedicated iCloud work account for easy and secure storage, backup, and collaboration on files and documents. Business data is automatically stored and backed up on iPhone or iPad, making it easy to upgrade to a new device. And iCloud Drive syncs information across Mac, making it easy to move between devices at work.
AppleCare+ for Business Essentials
Starting today, businesses have the option to add priority support for employee devices with AppleCare+ for Business Essentials. This service includes 24/7 access to phone support, training for IT administrators and employees, and up to two device repairs per plan – per individual, group or device – each year. Employees can initiate repairs directly from the Apple Business Essentials app, and an Apple-trained technician can be onsite in just four hours to get their iPhone back to working order.1
“Espresso machines are the ultimate piece of catering equipment art and the centerpiece of every coffee shop. We are proud to be part of the international coffee community with a superior customer experience in the Minneapolis area,” said Peter Kelsch, president of Espresso Services Inc. “I started this business in 1989 on Apple products, and now iPhone, iPad and Mac are used in sales, operations and service for our coffee equipment business. Apple Business Essentials simplifies our business deployment and security as we continue to grow, will reduce our IT management overhead, and streamline our growth process. This will be a game changer for our business. »
Price and availability
Apple Business Essentials is now available as a subscription for all small businesses in the United States. Flexible plans can be customized to support every user and device in an organization with up to 2TB of secure storage in iCloud, starting at $2.99 (US) per month after a two-month free trial. Plans that include AppleCare+ for Apple Business Essentials start at $9.99 (United States) per month. Sign up today at apple.com/business/essentials.
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- Onsite repairs are available with AppleCare+ for Business Essentials plans in Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, New York, and the San Francisco Bay Area to begin with, with more locations to come. Four-Hour Repairs are only available for iPhone; next day appointments are available for Mac, iPad and Apple TV.
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