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If you blinked you might have missed it, but Apple recently introduced support for packages to its Apple Business Essentials solution for small business IT management.

What is Apple Business Essentials?

Aimed at the 31 million or so US small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), Apple Business Essentials lets business owners or tech support teams manage fleets of Apple devices effectively using Apple’s existing APIs and a nice, simple management console. The company already makes training resources for its solution available.

Apple Business Essentials consists of iCloud+ for Work, device, application, and user management and 24/7 support. It makes it easy for business users to deploy devices, set up new users and install software and security settings across their managed devices, and supports key protections, including Single Sign On.

It’s not intended to be a complete MDM solution, but to address the needs of busy small businesses with up to perhaps 500 devices.

The service already supports Managed Apple IDs and lets you authenticate with Microsoft Azure, Active Directory, and (soon) Google Workplace.

What’s this with Packages?

Apple Business Essentials has had the capability to install software distributed on Apple’s own App Store from the get-go. While this is welcome, it didn’t tick all the boxes because applications sold outside of the store were not supported.

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