Apple Business Essentials Announced To Include Device Management, 24/7 Apple Support, More

Apple has today announced what it calls Apple Business Essentials, a new service that combines support and device management along with cloud storage and more — all designed for businesses.

Apple Business Essentials is intended for businesses with up to 500 employees and a free beta period is kicking off today. Apple says that the full service will be available in the spring of 2022.

“Small businesses are at the core of our economy, and we’re proud that Apple products play a role in helping these companies grow,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Enterprise and Education Marketing. “Apple Business Essentials is designed to help streamline every step of employee device management within a small business — from setup, onboarding, and upgrading, to accessing fast service and prioritized support, all while keeping data backed up and secure, so companies can focus on running their business.”

Apple also announced AppleCare+ for Business Essentials, an option that adds 24/7 support for both the IT managers and the employees that use the devices themselves. However, AppleCare+ for Business Essentials isn’t available as part of the initial beta.

In terms of pricing, each plan can be customized to best match a business’s needs but plans start at $2.00 per month per user, with up to three devices and 2TB of iCloud storage offered as well.

The new beta is open now, although it’s only offered in the United States right now.

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