Apple announced Thursday that Apple Business Essentials is now made available to all small businesses across the United States.
The service was previously available in beta mode to only a small number of businesses, but this time the Cupertino company has launched it to any small business that wants to join in.
Apple Business Essentials, a handy tool for businesses with up to 500 employees, is a subscription-based service that brings together device management features including setup and onboarding, iCloud storage, and optional 24/7 access to Apple Support via AppleCare+ for Business, another new addition.
AppleCare+ for Business can be added to any Apple Business Essentials plan, and it includes 24/7 access to phone support, training for both IT administrators and employees, and up to two device repairs per plan — by individual, group, or device — every year.
Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Enterprise and Education Marketing, said “Apple has a deep and decades-long commitment to helping small businesses thrive. From dedicated business teams in our stores to the App Store Small Business Program, our goal is to help each company grow, compete, and succeed. 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 Business Essentials starts at $2.99 up to $12.99 per user, with the price varying based on the number of devices and the amount of iCloud storage that each employee needs. A two-month free trial is available to all customers, including those who used the Apple Business Essentials service in beta.