Apple For Business: Is It Worth It?
Apple started as predominantly a consumer-oriented company. The founder Steve Jobs was never interested to venture into the enterprise/business space.
However, since Tim Cook’s rise to CEO of Apple, the focus is very much on providing tech solutions for businesses.
With so many working remotely now, devices need to work quickly, efficiently, and securely.
If you’ve never been an Apple user, you may be wary about these fashionable and sleek designer computers.
Below is some advantages and disadvantages of using Apple for Business products.
The advantages of Apple for Business
More secure system
Data security is a top priority for today’s businesses. Data protection is especially important when your team is remote.
Your company and client information is now sitting on home laptops. These could be lost, stolen, hacked, or have poor, out-of-date security software, etc.
MacOS have 50% less risk of data breach compared to other systems. MacOS is fundamentally more secure with no additional licensing required.
Apple Business Manager managers can register all Apple devices on their account, and remotely wipe or lock missing devices. As a manager, you can also monitor policy and app usage and compliance remotely.
The iCloud also helps to keep your data safe by automatically backing up your data. You can also manually backup my iPhone to iCloud or iTunes, so you’ll always have a copy of your important data. That means your data will remain safe even if your device is lost or stolen.
Additionally, the iPhone and iPad have built-in fingerprint scanners that can unlock your device. The Face ID facial recognition system can also be used to unlock your device. This means that only you will be able to access your business data.
Less IT errors
According to research conducted over a year, Mac computers have fewer IT service tickets opened compared to other types of computers.
And if the issues arise, they are easier to resolve, saving you time and money.
The total cost is lower
In addition to this, the cost of total ownership of an Apple device can be much less, despite the cost of initial purchase being higher.
This is because there is no need to purchase additional licensing for the OS license or for software maintenance.
This means you won’t have to spend money buying and maintaining software.
The Mac range of computers is designed for productivity, with features such as the ability to run multiple apps at once and use various productivity tools.
Sign contracts, manage timesheets, handle invoices, and more.
The iPad is also an excellent tool for increasing productivity, as it’s portable and can be used for various tasks like taking notes and keeping track of your business tasks.
The MacBook Pro is perfect for managing your finances and keeping track of your business documents.
Apple products can help you save time by automating tasks and processes. The iCloud can back up your business data automatically.
The Siri voice assistant can also schedule appointments, send messages, and perform other tasks.
The financial impact of using the whole Mac business suite can financially be huge depending on the size of your company.
Stay connected with your team
Apple products can help you stay connected with your team by integrating with 3rd party tools QuickBooks (an accounting tool that handles your cash flow and finances), join.me (that allows you to present your work remotely), and much more.
For example, the iPhone and iPad have a built-in business email and messaging apps that make it easy to stay in touch with your team.
Promotes remote working
Apple Business Manager allows you to work together in real-time — whether it’s with your team across the table or your vendors across time zones.
Apple Business Manager not only gets the right hardware to employees, delivered straight to their home, but they also come out-of-the-box ready to go as well.
It allows the remote setting of all the apps, tools, and platforms your team requires on their own devices, wherever they are.
This cuts down on confused staff wasting time learning how to install all the right applications.
The disadvantages of Apple for Business
Incompatibility with other software
When a customer buys an apple product, they enter the Apple ecosystem which isn’t compatible with other devices and software (unless Apple has an agreement with them).
Customers have to exclusively purchase Apple apps or accessories to continue using their Apple products.
Unfortunately, you can’t switch to better devices, so you will have to wait for Apple to make one or update the model you have.
Simplicity and thinness of everything
I appreciate the thinness and simplicity of Apple products. However, performance should not always be compromised by looks (MacBook Pro 15-inch is very thin and not really a pro laptop).
Not many will care it is a little bit thicker and heavier as long as it gets the job done without overheating.
Is Apple for Business worth it for your business?
It depends on the complexity of your business and the power you need to run it.
If you run a small or medium size business and you want to keep things simple and beautifully streamlined – go for it.