Apple’s focus has recently switched to offering services. ‘Business Essentials’ is the name of the new test program that the company has announced. It is currently under beta testing. This is comparable to management software sold to major enterprises by companies like Microsoft Corp. and VMware for setting up and maintaining their fleet of mobile phones, laptops, and tablets safe. Apple’s Business Essential is a smaller version designed for companies with 50 to 500 employees and a tiny IT department or none at all.
Small companies can choose from three distinct bundles offered by this service. The following are the fees and services they will provide:
Single device: $2.99 per month (per person), includes 50GB of iCloud storage, and allows one device.
Multidevice: $6.99 per month (per person), includes 200GB of iCloud storage, and supports up to three devices.
Multidevice, greater storage: $12.99 per month (per user), up to three devices supported, and 2TB of iCloud storage.
The service is expected to leave beta in the spring of 2022, according to the company. Businesses will thereafter be able to add Apple Care+ to their existing coverage. Apple will prioritize assistance for firms that subscribe to these services. That includes phone assistance 24 hours a day, IT training, and up to two equipment repairs each year.
Small enterprises can use Google and Microsoft’s storage offerings. This service will offer a unique business ID to the company. This solution will allow the IT department to manage systems with new Apple IDs that are distinct from their current ones.
When users add these to their devices, it will push Wi-Fi and VPN settings, as well as impose essential security settings like FileVault and link to the user’s Business Essentials iCloud storage space.
Apple said this week that it will begin testing Business Essentials in the United States. This beta version would be available for free until the end of the year. Apple also stated that these services will be expanded to additional regions in the near future.