After a beta testing period with tens of thousands of businesses, Apple announced that its Apple Business Essentials subscription is now available to all small businesses in the United States. The new service combines device management, 24/7 support from Apple, as well as iCloud storage into flexible subscription plans.
"We look forward to bringing Apple Business Essentials to even more small businesses to simplify device management, storage, support, and repairs. Using this new service leads to invaluable time savings for customers — including those without dedicated IT staff — that they can invest back into their business," Apple announced in its statement.
The initial beta of Apple Business Essentials was launched in November 2021 and is designed to make device management easier for growing organizations that use Apple.
Flexible plans can be set up to support every user and device in a business, starting at $2.99 per employee per month after a two-month free trial. In general, Apple offers three separate and customizable plans:
- A single-device solution with 50GB of iCloud storage for $2.99/month.
- A multi-device solution for up to three devices and 200GB of storage for $6.99 per user per month.
- A multi-device solution with 2TB of storage for $12.99/month.
Apple has also introduced new AppleCare+ for Business Essentials options that can be added to any plan. Plans that include AppleCare+ for Apple Business Essentials start at $9.99/month.
The AppleCare+ for Business Essentials service includes 24-hour access to phone support, IT staff and administrators training, and up to two device repairs a year per plan.