The new iPhone 12

Hi, Speed
Hi, Camera
Hi, MagSafe 

October 13, 2020, Apple invited the world to Apple Park to unveil its new iPhone 12 lineup.
The 12 series include the very first 5G-ready iPhones enabling a whole new mobile experience with better connectivity and higher speeds.

At the center of the flagship devices sits a new silicon: the A14 Bionic. Faster and more energy efficient than ever before.

The 5G-readiness combined with the ultra fast A14 Bionic creates high capacity computing platform connected to ‘everything’ at the highest possible speeds.

With the Lidar sensor, that maps the real world in three dimensions, new business opportunities arise in many different domains. The sensor set is completed with a new and improved camera set. The iPhone 12 ‘sees’ everything.

The iPhone 12 also ‘shows’ everything through its innovative Super Retina XDR Display. The high resolution and dynamic screen enables stunning graphics performance, increasing user adoption within the business.

All displays are equipped with a Ceramic Shield, drastically increasing durability. With a four times better drop performance, display repairs within your organization will also ‘drop’, freeing up budgets for what really matters.

The new MagSafe feature of the iPhone 12 enables external accessories to easily snap into place and attach to the smartphone. At time of launch there are several accessories available, including a MagSafe cover and MagSafe Wallet to store credit cards. The initial purpose of the MagSafe connection is to supercharge the iPhone wireless, that requires a perfectly aligned  MagSafe charging pad, hence the magnets.

Good to know the iPhone 12 series doesn’t come with a charger or EarPods. This reduces the environmental impact.
The iPhone ships with only a USB-C to Lightning cable. 

The iPhone 12 series includes 4 models, the based model features  a screen size of 5.4″, the iPhone 12 Pro Max goes up to 6,7″.

In the below graphic you can see a comparison between the new iPhone 12 Mini, the current iPhone SE 2e Gen and previous iPhone SE 1e Gen. The overall device size has decreased compared to the iPhone SE 2e Gen and the screen size increased dramatically compared to all previous SE models.
Although there is an important price difference, we do expect to see the iPhone 12 Mini taking an important market share in business due the top performance of the A14 Bionic and 5G platform. 

All models can be ordered at mobco with a starting price of 669Euro for the base model 

The iPhone 12 comes in 5 colours and houses 64, 128 or 256GB of memory. The display size of the iPhone 12 Mini is 5.4″ and 6.1″ for the iPhone 12 available mid November.

The iPhone 12 Pro is available in 4 colours and doubles the memory capacity starting at 128GB up to 512GB.
Available now at mobco!

Interested to learn more on the new iPhone range and how to lower the total cost of ownership of your iPhone fleet using Apple Financial Services? Contact us using the form below!

Time flies, don’t fall behind…

In normal times, Apple‘s September gathering hosts the launch of its newest iPhones. Yesterday however, it was Apple Watch’s and iPad’s turn to take center stage.

“Time flies”, the events title might have already given it away… Apple Watch has revolutionized what a watch can do. Checking your messages and calendar on the road, opening your office doors and even unlocking your MacBook. Think of the time saved…

All detailed information on the new releases of hardware and OS can be found in our updated white paper “2020 Apple for Enterprise”.

With the new Watch Series 6 (equipped with the new S6-chip and up to 20% faster than Series 5), Apple launches a new powerful health sensor called “Blood Oxygen”, which provides you a key measurement on your overall wellbeing. Nice and handy in these Covid-times.

Next to this, the new Watch SE combines the most popular features of the Series 6 with an affordable pricing. It’s packed with S5-chips, a huge upgrade compared to the Series 3. With the cellular models you can make calls and messages without your iPhone.

These items will be available on our store as of this Friday.
€ 247,11 for the Watch SE
€ 354,44 for the Watch Series 6

 

Time flies indeed. It’s been 10 years since the first iPad was shipped AND the birth of mobco (more on that later this year!).

The new iPad 8th generation packs the A12 Bionic chip, a real powerhouse. 40% faster CPU and 2 times faster GPU compared to the previous version are just a few of the features making it:
– 2 times faster than the most popular Windows laptop
– 3 times faster than the most popular Android tablet
– 6 times faster than the most popular Chromebook

We already stated it in a previous blog: your next computer is not a computer.

The A12 Bionic being a powerhouse, we can state that the A14 Bionic is a real war horse.

Making its debut in the new iPad Air, it’s the first to use 5 nanometer sized transistor. That’s 11.8 billion (!) transistors in this processor, offering a great performance at lower power.

With the newly designed Touch ID on the top button, all of the known safety features of Touch ID are now packed in the smallest authenticator sensor available. Fast, easy and secure.

The new iPad Air also supports the new Magic Keyboard enabling a touch pad to better navigate your corporate apps.

These items will be available on our store as of beginning of next month.
€ 321,49 for the iPad 8th generation
€ 552,89 for the new iPad Air

With the launch of iOS 14, iPadOS 14, WatchOS 7 and tvOS14 as of today, you can combine all this new hardware with the new features available in the new software releases.

If you need more information on the technical impact of all new releases, including new MDM functionalities, please check our updated “2020 Tech Deep Dive Apple for Enterprise”.
 
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Let’s talk pro: new Apple hardware

A new article written for professional users why we have a new smartphone standard and why iPad is the new laptop.
Read more on the pro features that matter and the available products for professionals like you, for iPhone this is a range extending from 6S to 11 Pro Max.

5 things to know about the new iPhone range

A new iOS, new iPhones, new features, a shortlist of things to know about the new range of iPhones:

1. The new iPhone range presented in the “S” years boost the specifications. This year, the screen is boosted as well to an unprecedented size with the iPhone Xs Max, introducing a diagonal of 6,5”. The Apple Watch series 4 is not only thinner, it’s a serious fitness and health tracking device.

2. The new A12 Bionic chip is more powerful and saves energy thanks to its all new 7 nm design. It handles 5 trillion operations per second, that’s blazing fast.
It allows a mind blowing gaming experience, but also a much better access security system with faster and more secure FaceID.

During the product presentation a basket player was tracked by the onboard camera of an iPhone XS, analysed in real-time without the use of sensors. The app detected the scene, the player, the ball, the trajectory and even kept scores and analytics. Imagine what these type of apps could do to manufacturing, field engineer, construction, …

3. NFC support for iPhone has not been improved, but is more open for developers. Also here we see a nice potential for business use. The users are no longer required to open the specific app, but just wake their phone while reading the tag.

When talking about connectivity, the dual SIM option looks like the biggest news. Aside a specific version carrying 2 physical sims on the largest iPhone Xs Max, the second SIM is in the eSIM format promoted by Apple throughout the world. Although the feature will not be available at launch, it will provide a future cost saving while roaming and beyond. Since two plans can be combined on a single device, and with the flexibility of the eSIM technology (it doesn’t require a physical SIM, so the complete transaction can be handled online), it allows you to keep your traditional phone number on one SIM while using the other for the most cost efficient data plan.

4. The iPhone 6S is from now on the most cost effective iPhone in the range. The iPhone 6 and SE are no longer appearing on the production listing, this means only limited quantities are available while stock lasts.

For your information the line-up of the iPhone range (each device comes in different memory configuration, only lowest presented here), pricing excluding VAT:

 

iPhone XS Max 64GB 1040,50 EUR Pre-order
iPhone XS 64GB 957,85 EUR Pre-order
iPhone XR 64GB 709,92 EUR Pre-order
iPhone X 64GB 850,41 EUR Available 64 and 256
iPhone 8 PLUS 64GB 660,33 EUR Available
iPhone 8 64GB 569,42 EUR Available
iPhone 7 PLUS 32GB 544,63 EUR Available
iPhone 7 32GB 437,19 EUR Available
iPhone 6S PLUS  32GB 434,71 EUR Available only at mobco for enterprise projects
iPhone 6S 32GB 336,36 EUR Available only at mobco for enterprise projects

 

5. And this, you can now take the iPhone XS to 1.5 meter depth in your pool (was previously 1 meter) for 30 minutes. That’s IP68 for the connaisseurs.


Download the full comparison including the mail iPhone features per model, an overview from SE to Xs! >

Why make life hard…

The question we often hear is:”Why do these device manufacturers make life so hard to activate a new device?”

It’s true. There are too many passwords, login screens and an endles series of ‘yes’ buttons you just have to click to continue in the process. There must be something better?

And there is! With the Device Enrolment Program (DEP) we make life easy for your IT staff AND for your employee!!
Take a brand new iPhone or iPad, unopened box, give it to your employee and … wait.
Trust us, if your employee is not capable of making it work there is a hardware issue with the device.

mobco is an Authorized Apple Enterprise Reseller and we know how to make things easy, from hardware purchase at the very best commercial conditions up to the production part and end-user support.
See our movie of one of our devices enrolling in EMM.

(go full screen for best viewing experience)


No apple ID required.

No credit card required.

No personal email address.

Open the box and enjoy the magic!

Save 5 minutes a day

In our iOS Masterclass at Apple on Friday the 13th and our business event of October 17th, we explained and demonstrated the features we believe are important for enterprises, important for you.

Thank you all for your active participation in these events!

In this blogpost a short recap of the highlights that will save you at least 5 minutes a day!

  • Photo search function in iOS allows you to find scenes and objects in the pictures you took. Try a keyword like ‘cake’ or ‘bike’, you’ll be amazed how well your iPhone or iPad understands your command!
    Did you know the native camera app also understand QR codes? No app to be used, just show the QR code to your device!
  • Files is the app that combines all storage providers on your device, including your on-premise ones. Thanks to our Enterprise Files we can put your file server in that list as well. So you can open just any corporate document straight from Microsoft Word, easy.
  • The Dock, a feature that allows fast app switching also provides you the capability to open a second ‘floating’ app and multi-task. Force touch the app in the dock and see more options. Remember that the most right hand app in the Dock is the most recent one you have been using on other iOS devices.
  • You already know the trick to take a screenshot, power and home button at the same time, now with iOS 11 you can immediately edit the picture and send it via email.
  • In iOS 11 there is now “screenrecording” aka ReplayKit. This brings support for end-user on the next level as users now can share their screen with remote people, simple and efficient! Contact our mobco support in case of trouble, or just for testing out the new TeamViewer for iOS experience!
  • AR kit gives your new device Augmented Reality features, check the website madewithARkit.com for inspirational examples! Know that also your Notes app benefits from this feature when it scans documents for you.
  • With Storage optimisation you can literally win gigabytes of storage with loosing crucial data, check your iPhone Settings how much you could save!
  • The embedded ESIM in the latest products provide access to local operators. Visiting countries outside the EU roaming coverage? Just go into settings and activate a one month subscription!
  • DEP, the Apple Device Enrollment Program, allows IT to automatically activate devices AND enrol these in their EMM solution. The new DEP program now allows you to enrol devices you have purchased in retail or previously released from the program. A new feature that is warmly welcomed by IT teams suffering from non controlled purchases.
  • Apple TV is probably the next device you will be putting in every meeting room, managed by MDM. Digital signage made easy AND just any screen via AirPlay on the meeting room display.
  • The collaboration between Cisco and Apple is now very tangible with new security features that will dramatically reduce incidents. The Umbrella service makes life for phishing hackers very hard, but it keeps us safe without impacting our user experience!
    FastLane is another example of this collaboration where Wifi signals are optimised for real time communication or important apps, something that requires both networking and device configurations.

Contact us for a workshop to find out how can further improve the efficiency of your team and company!

Starbucks WiFi is the new corporate Network

This blogpost is written based on the feedback gathered during our Roundtable event on September 27th, based on my notes and interpretation.

Gartner states that the default management platform for employee devices, from PC to smartphone, should be an Enterprise Mobility Management platform (aka MDM). The same firm states that the driver for business transformation is the digital workplace (Digital Workplace Summit London 2017). You can find an article on the conference here.

And since the digital workplace is mobile first, reason enough for us to organize a Roundtable with customers and subject matter experts. On September 27th we welcomed Mike Murray from Lookout and Apple experts to cover 2 important questions on this ongoing business transformation: is it secure and can how can it improve the way I work?

Mike started by describing the new normal: most employees just want connectivity and do not longer want to be linked to a physical location to gain access to work resources.
Hence the title of this post and the conclusion that the traditional network perimeter is disappearing.

Traditional protection mechanisms are failing hard today, traditional SPAM filters are doing a great job in preventing people from clicking on malicious links – because they block the message – but what if that message is passed to the user via a different channel, say Facebook or Twitter ?
Cybercriminals are ready for their next big business and are massively moving towards mobile to gain access to your private data, corporate data, passwords, … Already today we find malware on 47 out of 1000 android devices and 1 out of 1000 on iOS.
Downloading from official app stores is strongly recommended, as this seems to be the number one location to get ‘infected’.
But users are sometimes not always aware they will get infected, the example Mike gave where a parent gets a text message that his daughter was in a traffic accident and “click here to find out in which hospital she is” illustrates how advanced, persistent and “low“ these criminals act.

Android is clearly the most targeted platform, partly due to the fragmentation of the platform and the inherent lower security, but also because this is the dominant platform in those regions where cyber criminals are mostly active; China and Russia.
In that respect we are lucky we can learn from what’s going on and protect ourselves.

To start, a correct configuration of the mobile device taking advantage of all configuration settings in terms of security is mandatory. These first measures are no guarantee, but they will certainly rule out the most common issues in the public/hacking domain.

Moving to the second part of the Roundtable the discussion was more oriented towards business functionality and what new features iOS 11 brings.
But before diving into the new toolset that is made available to the entire iOS community, we need to check where we are in the ‘Mobile Journey’. Transforming a business takes time to  move from a physical location for work towards a digital workplace that responds to the A3 strategy (the project name chosen by UBS in London for Any time, Any place and Any device – their concrete objective for the digital workplace).
Most of the companies represented around the table are today only using a basic set of functionalities on the mobile device, only a limited set of more advanced apps.
It is clearly understood the employees want more, but the back-end systems are just not ready – yet.


A question we often get is how to transform a PC application to a mobile app.
In our mind we don’t think you should do that.
PC application are built in different era when software engineers were asked to put as much features as possible in one application, hence the menu, sub menu and right click options. These applications require training and are offering features of which only 20% are used.
Mobile apps are developed with the user experience in mind, require no training and are used for 100% of their features – since ideally there is only one, the app itself.


Many of the attendees are currently not investing in such applications that could redefine their business processes.
Not yet.
The mobile journey towards the digital workplace is a process that can take many years and where some parts of the business are faster than (more regulated) others. Facebook as an example: banned in the beginning and today absorbing large chunks of the consumer marketing budgets with active daily usage.
Aside the commercial interest there is also the employee who wants to use new tools and the risk of shadow IT when no adequate tooling is provided.

As a consensus we also concluded not all functions in a company require a mobile first approach ‘today’.
The form factor of their prime computing device for business is defined by their function and personality.
It is up to IT to provide the most rich menu card to these employees in terms of functionality and security.

With iOS 11 Apple is adapting the OS, the interface and apps to the business level.
The Dock is there when you need it, multiple windows are open to accommodate easy switching between apps, drag&drop allows easy content creation, … the number of new features that in some form or shape feel familiar are now available on the most powerful mobile platform.

iOS 11 in combination with the iPad Pro invites you to find new, easy, simple ways to do your job.

During the entire Roundtable we used the new Apple TV to present, wireless.
We know that’s not a new feature, but the magic can be found under the hood.
The Apple TV is automatically configured when it’s plugged in for the first time using, imagine what that means for business meeting rooms.
No IT interactions needed, from procurement to production.

Let us assist you in your mobile journey and contact us to learn more about our workshop business transformation and the digital workplace!

Jan De Nul and mobco

On air in September 2017 on Kanaal Z – an interview with our customer Jan De Nul on the roll-out of Apple iPhone.

An innovative project with a clear mission to get everything right, from the start.
Using all available mobile technology we managed to automate completely the activation and configuration of the devices. The result was the smooth distribution of hundreds of new iPhones in a just a few days.

Contact us the learn more about this project >

 

Meer over Mobco – Kanaal Z – 16-09-2017 from ulrik van schepdael on Vimeo.