What you need to know
- Apple has officially launched its Apple Business Essentials program for small businesses.
- The plans combine hardware, software, and services into one manageable hub for business owners.
- Plans start at $2.99 per month or $9.99 with AppleCare+.
Apple Business Essentials is now available for all small businesses.
In a press release, the company announced that the program is now available to all small businesses in the United States. The service, as explained by Apple, combines "device management, 24/7 Apple support, and iCloud storage into flexible subscription plans." The company also announced AppleCare+ plans that can be added to any plan for additional protection for devices. Apple is offering a two-month free trial for any small business that is interested in the service.
Susan Prescott, Apple's vice president of Enterprise and Education Marketing, said that the service should lead to "invaluable time savings for customers — including those without dedicated IT staff — that they can invest back into their business."
The service attempts to simplify the deployment and management of hardware, software, and services among workers through one subscription and interface for the business owners. Apple says that the service is already integrated with Azure Active Directory and plans to add Google Workspace later this spring.
The company also announced that businesses can add AppleCare+ to their Business Essentials plan which will provide repair and software assistance 24/7.
Apple Business Essentials plans start at $2.99 per month without AppleCare+. With AppleCare+, plans start at $9.99 per month. You can learn more about Apple Business Essentials on the company's website.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.