MacBook M1 Pro & M1 Max, macOS Monterey & AirPods 3: Everything you need to know

MacBook M1 Pro & M1 Max, macOS Monterey & AirPods 3: Everything you need to know

Apple’s new Mac(Book)s and AirPods debuted during its October event, showing a tweaked design and a variety of new features for those upgrading from the earlier models. Eager what Apple’s new hardware has in store for your business? Let us get you up to speed! 

MacBook Pro, Supercharged For Pros

The MacBook Pro doesn’t need an introduction as it has been an important part of the Mac lineup for years. Discover what’s new below! 

Key features:

  • The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros are powered by the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips that feature eight high-performance cores and two high-efficiency cores available in either 16 or 32 GPU core variations. The new chip can now support up to 64GB of RAM, making it powerful enough to meet the demands of graphic designers and creators.
  • SSD storage performance has doubled with read speeds up to 7.4 GB/s. 
  • The mini-LED display technology, first used in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, has found its way to the new generation of MacBook Pros. With higher contrast ratios and deeper blacks, the display quality of the new MacBooks significantly increases. 
  • Multiple connectivity options, such as MagSafe 3 for charging, HDMI and SD Card outlets and three Thunderbolt 4 ports for connecting external monitors, have made their return. 
  • The new MacBook Pros have ditched the touch bar in favor of a traditional row of function keys and touch ID. 
  • Not only some important key features, also the design significantly differs from its predecessor. With flat edges, the new MacBook Pro is very similar to the iPad Pro and the iPhone 13. Plus, there is a notch at the top of the screen, housing the improved 1080p camera. 
  • The battery life of the new MacBook Pros has significantly increased with up to 10 additional hours of screen time. And if this wasn’t enough, Apple brings fast charging to the MacBook Pro, making it possible to charge your notebook up to 50% in only 30 minutes. 
  • The 14 inch model starts at €1776,71 (Excl. VAT), the 16 inch model at €1901,71 (Excl. VAT). Both notebooks can be pre-ordered as of today and will be available next week. Next to the MacBook Pro 14” and 16”, the MacBook Pro 13” M1 from the current generation remains available. 
  • The new MacBook Pros will be operating on and shipped with macOS Monterey. More information on this software update can be found below.

macOS Monterey, High Power Meets "Hi everyone"

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macOS Monterey brings several new features that might be of interest to your business. Let us get you up to speed!

Key features: 

  • Apple is blurring the lines between Mac and iPad with the introduction of universal control, letting you use a single mouse and keyboard to control both devices. 
  • Shortcuts, already available on iPad, has found its way to Mac. With the Shortcut app you can build new shortcuts, access existing shortcuts, and much more.
  • With the introduction of spatial audio, portrait mode in calls, voice isolation and the grid view feature, FaceTime is receiving a big upgrade, making collaboration easier and more efficient than ever.
  • With macOS Monterey, AirPlay lets your Mac be an AirPlay destination, allowing you to quickly play content from your iPhone on your Mac’s display. 
  • Safari also received a major redesign with macOS 12 Monterey. A streamlined tab bar, tab groups, private relay and much more has made its entrance.
  • macOS Monterey runs on the following devices: iMac late 2015 and later, iMac Pro 2017 and later, MacBook Air early 2015 and later, MacBook Pro early 2015 and later, MacBook Pro late 2013 and later, Mac mini late 2014 and later, MacBok early 2016 and later. 

Eager to get started with macOS Monterey? We are happy to lend you a hand in our latest whitepaper, Apple for Enterprise 2021. Download it now for free

AirPods 3: It's Magic, Remastered

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The AirPods 3 mark the first update to the product since March 2019, adding a new design and features. Discover now what’s new! 

Key features:

  • In its search for a universal fit, Apple has released the third generation of AirPods, a generation that looks a lot like the AirPods Pro, but without ear tips and with a shorter stem that houses touch-sensitive sensors, giving you more control over your phone calls and music. 
  • The new third generation Apple AirPods are sweat and water resistant. 
  • Although the number of new key features is limited, the battery improvements do stand out. Not only did Apple increase the battery life to 30 hours – 6 hours more compared to the second generation of earbuds, fast charging, MagSafe and wireless charging are making their entry. 5 minutes of charging now results in 1 hour of listening time. 
  • The new AirPods sound better than the previous generation by introducing spatial audio, Dolby Atmos and adaptive EQ – a big upgrade when holding remote meetings. 
  • The third generation of AirPods has a suggested retail price of €157,21 (Excl. VAT) and is available for pre-order as of today. The first earbuds will be shipped as of the 26th of October.

Try the new MacBook Pro for free!

Are you eager to discover the new MacBook Pro and does a 30 days trial period without any obligation to buy seem like the way to go? mobco launches Apple Try & Buy, the ideal way to get acquainted with the use and benefits of the new MacBook Pro. Request your test product today by filling in the contact form below! 

11 Reasons Mac Means Business

11 Reasons Mac Means Business

#1: Longest battery life

When compared with other PC notebooks in its price range, the lifespan of the MacBook powered by the Apple M1 chip is twice as long. With a battery life of almost 18 hours, Apple delivers the power to work from anywhere, at any time and as long as you want. The modern workplace made easy! 

#2: A powerful chip

Multitasking across projects, analyzing spreadsheets while video conferencing, rendering a video file while answering emails? Check! Supercharged by the Apple M1 chip, your MacBook is up to 3.5 times faster than before, helping you crush even the most performance-heavy tasks. 

#3: Mac works with IT

A modern workplace requires a modern approach for remote management and configuration. Whether your organization has ten or ten thousand devices, Apple fits in nicely with your existing IT infrastructure. Setting up and managing devices remotely was never easier. 

#4: Security is built right in

Once your IT team has set up your technology fleet, it’s time to manage and protect the corporate data running on it. Thanks to built-in security features as Touch ID and on-the-fly encryption, and additional controls made available through MDM, your corporate information is safeguarded at all times. 

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#5: Mac works without IT

Don’t have an in-house IT support team to manage your modern workplace? No need to worry. Mac is intuitive to use and easy to manage. An easy setup and Apple’s Migration Assistant will get your devices up and running in no time. And, believe us, its reliable hardware won’t let you down. 

#6: Mac costs less
in the long run

Adapting to a remote working model requires an increased investment in technology, all the more reason to get the most out of your technology fleet. What if we told you that, over three years, you could save no less than 713 euros per device when choosing a Mac over a PC. Yes, you read it right! With fewer support tickets, a higher residual value and less software needed, the savings add up.

#7: The way to go for business apps

From the Microsoft 365 suite over Google Workspace to Dropbox. All Apple devices are designed with powerful technology to put you to work. Thanks to the Apple M1 chip, popular iPhone and iPad apps now run-on Mac too, making it easier than ever to work across multiple devices.

#8: Innovative companies run on Mac

84% of the most innovative companies, such as Salesforce, Target and SAP deploy Mac at scale. And let’s be honest, that’s exactly where you want to be. So why wait to upgrade your technology fleet? Don’t delay, check out our assortment of Mac devices today! 

#9: It's a pleasure to work with

Did you know that you can boost employee engagement with 32% if you let employees choose the tools they want to work with? Choosing Apple enables you to give people the power to work the way they want with the tools they love while simplifying IT management and maintaining corporate standards.

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When using diverse Apple devices together, you can do incredible things. Making and receiving phone calls without picking up your iPhone, using your iPad to extend the workspace of your Mac, copy pasting images, video and text from your iPhone to your nearby Mac, … The possibilities are endless. 

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Whether you’re working as a sales manager, an administrative assistant, a developer, or a designer. Or if you prefer working on a laptop over working on a desktop, Apple has a Mac for every job. MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac, discover Apple’s assortment of premium hardware today!  

Put Apple to work, get in touch today!

3 new iOS 15 features boosting your (corporate) privacy

3 new iOS 15 features boosting your (corporate) privacy

If you’ve an Apple device, you’ve probably already installed the newest software update. iOS 15 introduces new features for FaceTime calls, tools to reduce distractions, a new notifications experience and much more. But what you may not have noticed is that Apple has also instituted several advanced features to boost your (business’) privacy. Read on to discover how iOS 15 will help you take control over your sensitive (corporate) data. 

1. Account Recovery: Restoration in the blink of an eye 

Have you ever forgotten your Apple ID password or incorrectly entered your password a few times? If so, you know how frustrating it is to regain access to your account. It’s the same as losing your car keys, waiting for the response of Apple support may take up to a couple of days, leaving you unable to access your iCloud account, Apple devices and (corporate) data. However, with the release of iOS 15, Apple is adding a new feature to your iPhone allowing you to designate one of your friends or a family member to vouch for you if you ever need an account recovery. Apple will send them a code upon request, which you can use to unlock your account. Much easier than the current method, right?

2. Private relay: Browsing safer in Safari

With the arrival of iOS 15 Apple hopes to position itself as an industry leader in terms of privacy, a role that includes many new software features. Chief among those is Private Relay, a VPN-like service that’s designed to mask your internet traffic, preventing anyone from snooping in your corporate data. If you’re using Apple’s own browser, Safari, your internet traffic will be encrypted and redirected via so-called proxies, meaning that others can’t see what websites you visit. Your IP address, browsing history and exact location will remain private. 

3. Mail privacy protection: Online more anonymous than ever

Private Relay isn’t the only new feature in Apple’s larger initiative to help users take control over their data. With Mail Privacy Protection, Apple is putting an end to invisible email ad tracking pixels, preventing brands and publishers from collecting information such as your approximate location, the device you are using and the time you opened the message, when being enabled. After having installed iOS 15 on your device, you will be able to choose what data is shared when using the Apple Mail App. 

Want to discover what else Apple has in store for your business? Or can you use a helping hand setting up these new features? We are more than happy to lend you a hand! Make sure to download the latest version of our whitepaper Apple for Enterprise 2021.  

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mobco’s top 3 new iOS 15 business features

mobco’s top 3 new iOS 15 business features

From temporary iCloud storage over mail privacy protection to private relay. Apple announced a series of new iOS 15 features to help businesses get their work done. Wondering what Apple has in store for you this year? Here is everything you need to know about Apple’s newest business features!

Another year, another iOS update. Number 15 is already on deck and so are a lot of business-friendly software updates. Let us guide you through our favorite new business features, what they mean for your organization and how to use them. 

1. Temporary iCloud Storage: Efficiently Setting Up New Devices  

Apple offers its users 5GB of free iCloud storage, not a lot when looking at the amount of data we nowadays have on our devices. And indeed, anyone keeping a large amount of data on their device would run into issues when wanting to move this information to a new device. Not anymore! Starting with iOS 15, Apple will give you a temporary boost in iCloud storage to help transfer data to new devices – even if you are using a free 5GB storage plan. For a period of three weeks, you’ll get as much storage as needed to complete a temporary back up and this free of charge. Swapping data from one device to another was never easier! 

2. Managed Pasteboard: Preventing Corporate Data From Getting Out

Currently Apple provides Managed Open-In settings preventing data and content within managed apps from being moved to unmanaged apps and vice versa. With iOS 15, Apple introduces managed pasteboard, providing you with the ability to apply the same copy paste restrictions to apps. Information copied from corporate apps cannot be pasted in unmanaged apps and reverse. Because safety first! 

3. 2FA: Securing Sensitive Information At All Times

That security is high on Apple’s agenda is clear by now and is – once more – confirmed by the arrival of two-factor authentication. As of iOS 15, Apple is adding an extra layer of security to safeguard users against hacking. When wanting to login, you’ll have to provide two different identification factors to authenticate yourself. No better way to shield your account even if your password has leaked, right?

Want to know more about what Apple has in store for your business? Or can you use a helping hand setting up these new features? Make sure to download our latest whitepaper, Apple for Enterprise 2021.

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iPhone 13, Watch 7 and iPad (mini): What does the newest Apple hardware have in store for your business?

iPhone 13, Watch 7 and iPad (mini): What does the newest Apple hardware have in store for your business?

Apple has presented the latest iPhones during its annual fall event in Cupertino. The iPhone 13 has a better screen, larger battery, faster processor, and better cameras than its predecessor. As expected, the Apple Watch and iPad also got a make-over. An overview. 

iPhone 13, your new superpower

While the iPhone SE, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini remain available, Apple announced the arrival of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini. Find out what’s new and what appeals to us, the business users.

Key features:

  • With its brighter Super Retina XDR display the new iPhones are designed to deliver 28% brighter images.
  • Apple has improved the 5G modem of the iPhone 13, doubling the support in 60 countries and regions for a faster and more stable internet connection. Come on Belgian government!
  • The new A15 Bionic-chip delivers 50% more performance and power efficiency.
  • Due to this power efficiency, the battery life of the iPhone 13 (Mini) has been significantly improved. The iPhone 13 Mini lasts up to one and a half hours longer than its predecessor, the iPhone 13 lasts 2.5 hours longer.
  • The entry-level model has a capacity of 128GB – double as the same iPhone 12 model. 

The Iphone 13 mini starts at € 668,60, the iPhone 13 at € 751,24. Prices are excl. VAT. Both models come in 5 colours and can be pre-ordered as of friday the 17th of September and will be shipped as of Friday the 24th of September and can be ordered on our store as of the 17th of September.

iPhone 13 Pro: Oh. So. Pro.

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The iPhone 13 Pro, Apple’s high-end iPhone of 2021, is the successor of the iPhone 12 Pro and is available in two sizes. Here’s what’s new! 

Key features: 

  • As with the iPhone 13, the new iPhone 13 Pro (Max) is designed to deliver crystal clear images. 
  • The same 5G-upgrade as on iPhone 13 will allow high speed downloads.
  • New chip: A15 Bionic-chip.
  • Longer battery life: The battery span of the iPhone 13 Pro (Max) has been significantly improved. The iPhone 13 Pro lasts up to one and a half hours longer than its predecessor, the iPhone 13 Pro Max 2.5 hours longer. 
  • Better camera: The eye-catcher of the iPhone 13 Pro (Max) is the rear camera set-up, consisting of three new cameras: the main, ultra-wide and wide camera. This set-up allows you to take better pictures in the dark, to autofocus and to make macro pictures. 
  • Upgraded storage: For the first time, the iPhone Pro 13 is also available with 1TB of storage capacity. The entry-level model contains – in contrast to the iPhone 12 – 128GB of storage capacity.

The iPhone 13 Pro starts at € 957,80, the iPhone 13 Pro Max starts at € 1.040, 50. Prices are excluding VAT. Both models come in 4 colours and go on pre-order on friday the 17th of September and will be available as of Friday the 24th of September. Ordering is possible on our online store as of the 17th of September.

iPad 9: Easy does it all

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The new iPad 9 has a touch of iPad Pro and is still the cheapest iPad on the market. Discover what’s new!

  • Design: The design of the iPad 9 is very similar to its predecessor – right angles, 10.2 inches and a home button with Touch ID. 
  • Camera: The front camera has been given a major upgrade over its predecessor. It now has a 12-MP camera with Center Stage, a feature that allows desired subjects to be tracked. The rear camera is suspected to be the same 8MP camera as the present version.
  • New chip: The new iPad uses an A13 Bionic chipset, making it 20% faster than the previous model and 6% faster than the fastest Android tablet. 

The regular iPad is the cheapest of the iPad family and is available from € 321,49 excl. VAT – the same price as the previous model and this for 2x more storage capacity for the entry-level model. The iPad 9, available in space grey and silver, can already be pre-ordered and will be available as of Friday the 24th of September.

iPad mini 6: mega power, mini sized

The iPad Mini 6 got a complete make-over, inspired by the iPad Air 4. Find out what’s new below! 

  • Design: The iPad mini 6 is completely redesigned, following the style of iPad Air and Pro. With its all screen design, the size of the screen has been increased to 8.3 inches, compared to 7.9 inches of its predecessor, without increasing the size of the iPad mini itself. The physical home button disappears, placing the sensor for the Touch ID in the power button at the top. 
  • Camera: The front and back camera have been given a big upgrade. On the back the iPad is equipped by a 8 megapixel sensor to not only shoot better pictures, but also to record videos in 4K. The selfie camera has gone from a 1.2 to a 12 megapixel camera. 
  • New chip: The new iPad uses an A15 Bionic chipset, making the iPad Mini 6 the fastest of its kind, up to 40% faster than the iPad Mini of the previous generation. 
  • Improved 5G support: With an improved 5G support, we can obtain peak download speeds of 3.5 Gbps in ideal conditions.
  • USB-C port: Apple is equipping the iPad Mini 6 with a USB-C port, making charging, transferring files and connecting peripherals much faster and easier.
  • Apple Pencil: The iPad Mini 6 will now use the magnetic Apple Pencil 2.

The iPad Mini 6 comes in five color options: space gray, silver, rose gold, green and sky blue. The starting price of the newest iPad mini 64GB is € 461,98 excl. VAT. The iPad Mini 6 can already be preordered and will be delivered as of Friday the 24th of September.

 

Watch 7: full screen ahead!

While Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple Watch SE remain available, Apple Watch series 7 and Apple Watch Nike were announced for release later this year. Discover what Apple Watch 7 has in store for you!

  • Design: Contrary to many rumours and renderings, the Apple Watch series 7 keeps its rounded style. A whole new range of colours and bands will be available. Models in aluminium, stainless steel or titanium are available depending on your region.
  • Borders: With the black borders being 40% thinner, we will gain a lot more screen estate. 20% more compared to Series 6 and 50% compared to Series 3.
  • Display: The display is now up to 70% brighter allowing for a redesign of the on-screen buttons which will make it easier to use them because they will be bigger. Also, more lines of text from your iMessage or email are displayed, making it easier to read. It also allows for an on-screen keyboard which can be used in type or slide mode.
  • Durability: The Apple Watch Series 7 is the most durable Apple Watch. It sports crack resistant glass, it is dust resistant (IP6X) and water resistant (WR50). Combined with improved all-day battery life of up to 18 hours, durability is key.
  • Charging: Apple Watch series 7 will charge up to 33% faster thanks to a redesign charging system and charger. 8 minutes of charging provides 8 hours of sleep tracking.
  • Blood Oxygen: With Apple Watch Series 7 blood oxygen levels can be monitored throughout the day.

The Apple Watch 7 will be available later this year. In aluminium we will have midnight, starlight, green, blue and (PRODUCT)RED.

New devices, new operating systems. Wondering what iOS 15 will have in store for your business? We’ve got you covered in our latest white paper, Apple for Business 2021. Download it now for free!

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Apple releases iOS 14.8 to address important security loopholes

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Apple releases iOS 14.8 to address important security loopholes

Just one day ahead of announcing its iPhone 13, Apple has released iOS 14.8, an unglamorous security update that doesn’t bring much on the surface but does fix some important security loopholes that Apple believes have been actively exploited. Release notes describe it as an update that provides important security big fixes and is recommended for all users. Here’s all you need to know.  

Earlier this summer, it was revealed that Apple was working on iOS 14.8. But in the weeks that followed, things went quiet. There was no beta released, while iOS 15 betas appeared at a fast pace. 

As of yesterday evening, iOS 14.8 has been made available for download, along with iPadOS 14.8, watchOS 7.6.2 and macOS Big Sur 11.6. The new software update contains security updates that close a vulnerability reportedly exploited by the Pegasus Spyware of NSO Group since February or even earlier.

The first security issue being fixed is a vulnerability in Apple’s CoreGraphics framework. Processing a maliciously crafted PDF allowed an attacker to execute code. The CoreGraphics vulnerability was first discovered by ethical hackers from Citizen Lab who identified it as a zero-click iMessage exploit by the NSO group. More specifically, NSO Group targeted Apple’s image rendering library to remotely infect company’s iPhones, iPads, MacBooks or Apple Watches with its Pegasus Spyware.  

The second security hole fixed was in the Apple WebKit browser engine, where processing malicious web content could allow an adversary to execute code, an issue that was addressed with improved memory management. While it’s unclear if it’s related to NSO’s exploits, Apple says it still may have been actively exploited. 

The urgency of these security issues explains why we’re seeing a new update of iOS just a day before an Apple event, where it’s expected to announce new phones that will probably never run on this version of the OS. A good reminder of how important it is to keep all your devices up to date!

How to download iOS 14.8?

1. Go to settings > general > software update. Wait until the software update pops up. 

2. Click download to install. 

3. Wait until your device restarts and completes the installation. 

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The Three Pillars Of The Workplace Of Tomorrow

The 3 Pillars Of The Workplace Of Tomorrow

The pandemic accelerated the trend of flexible and remote working, a trend that calls for a fundamental transformation of the current workplace strategy. But what does this new workplace look like? What infrastructure do you need? And how do you make the switch quickly and efficiently?

The traditional workplace, a fixed office with a permanent physical presence, has been replaced by the modern workplace. In this context, modern means a hybrid working environment in which we work independently of time and place. In order to operate successfully in this brave new world of work, a digital workplace strategy that facilitates, supports and promotes this new way of working is needed. Although developing a new workplace strategy may sound like a daunting task, it actually comes down to applying a few simple principles.

1. Enable employee choice

In the modern workplace flexibility stands high on the agenda. Employees want flexible working hours, the possibility to work outside the office – preferably at home – and the choice between different devices. In short, employees want to be able to make their own choices according to their capacity, level and preference. If you invest in freedom of choice for your employees, you will see a considerable increase in commitment, satisfaction and productivity.

2. Secure your corporate data

The security of company data is an important consideration when introducing new ways of working which, like the modern workplace, rely on innovative, cloud-based technologies. A traditional VPN solution is fine on a fully protected company computer, but fails on smartphones, tablets and computers that can also be used privately. New, simple systems offer much better security and increase ease of use.

3. Choose efficiency and save on operational expenses

Although the job content can differ greatly from business to business and from function to function, the organisation of the workplace is a generic given. The message here is to make as much use as possible of external partners who have made the management of the modern workplace their day-to-day mission. That way, you not only use your own resources more efficiently, but you also gain expertise and quality at a fraction of the original cost.

With mobco’s Workplace Self Service, you no longer need to take care of the roll-out and support of the modern workplace. Your employees can now – all by themselves – buy the corporate tools they want to work with. We deliver the devices pre-configured and ready to use at their home. But that’s not all, we also take care of the management, security and repair of the devices and you can monitor them via a simple dashboard. In short, all you have to do is make a choice in budget and available devices per position and function. We are taking care of the rest. 

Ulrik Van Schepdael, CEO mobco: “Just like company cars, a well thought-through modern workplace strategy is a crucial part of every company. However, the question arises whether the roll-out of the modern workplace should really be part of their core activities. With our Workplace Self Service portal, we relieve our customers of this burden, allowing them to focus on their core business without losing control of their workplace.”

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3 tips to better protect your sensitive corporate data​

3 tips to better protect your sensitive
corporate data

The corona crisis has fundamentally changed every aspect of our business, going from how we interact with our colleagues to where we work. And these new ways of working are likely to be continued in the post-COVID-19 world. Designing an appropriate, sustainable, and most of all secure working model is crucial to the success of work. Yet successfully reimagining a digital workplace strategy can be challenging. Not anymore, with the following three tips of our CEO, Ulrik Van Schepdael.  

It only took the corona virus a couple of months to completely change the world of work as we knew it. The crisis, so to speak, forced companies to switch to a remote working model. Although this migration went reasonably well in a short period of time, their digital strategy has proven not to be suitable in the long term. To be successful, a structured and most of all secure approach is needed. 

Where companies used to manage everything centrally, they now must organize everything remotely. This requires in-depth security changes and structural adjustments, an accommodation that shouldn’t be taken lightly as cybercrime has increased during the pandemic. The use of personal devices, a lack of privacy and the use of new, unfamiliar technology all provide fertile ground for those looking to profit from cybercrime. In addition, the volume and sophistication of cyber threats, such as Phishing and Ransomware, continues to grow. 

In the face of these risks, organizations seem confident in their security posture. Yet the results of the European Mobile and Remote Working Survey 2021 show that this trust is misplaced. Much more needs to be done to protect sensitive data and to assist employees in preventing potential cyberattacks. Do not worry, with the following three tips from our CEO, Ulrik Van Schepdael, you’ll be on your way to a secure futureproof digital workplace strategy in no time!

1. Properly configure your devices

Did you know that you can avoid 80% of the cyber threats by making sure that corporate and private data are nicely separated? To reduce this risk even further, properly configuring your technology fleet using the latest management tools is the way to go. Secured web browsing, proper encryption, a secured copy paste mechanism are some of the latest examples of good configuration practices.

2. Secure all endpoints

When wanting to prevent cyber threats, it’s important to protect the device and the employee from sharing enterprise data with others. This can be easily done by using an integrated tool to secure all endpoints. A simple and cost-efficient security app will block all phishing attacks without impacting the employee privacy. Even better, it reinforces employee experience by protecting private apps and data.

3. Bring it all together in the Workplace Self Service portal

What if we told you that managing and configuring different devices using various UEM providers is possible via one platform and thus in a very secure way? Yes, you heard it right, one platform: the Workplace Self Service portal. The portal relies on role-based access, only enabling staff members to consult your data and automatically detects and remediates security threats before it gets worse. What more do you need?

Looking for some more tips & tricks on how to successfully shape your future workplace? Download our newest whitepaper, European Mobile & Remote Working Survey 2021, and discover how to unleash the full potential of the digital workplace!

Press Release Covid Certificate Scanner

Samsung and mobco launch their first Covid Certificate Scanner.

This collaboration between both companies brings proven technology and expertise together to facilitate safe and simple scanning!

Diegem, Dilbeek May 18 2021 – While the European corona certificate project is being finalised, the Belgian mobco, in collaboration with Samsung, launches ‘Covid Certificate Scanners’. Thanks to the robustness of the Samsung 5 Enterprise Edition, many professionals will be able to enjoy fast and safe scanning – in all conditions. The preconfigured smartphone exclusively reads the presented QR code, while Samsung KNOX guarantees maximum security.

The EU Covid-19 certificate is in the making and will be used to prove vaccination, corona recovery or a recent negative test result. This token will enable safe travel within Europe and might also be used in large public events. The certificate is an important pillar of the exit strategy.

This context is being used by Samsung and mobco to come up with a complete solution to enable safe, correct and simple certificate validation.

Green or red, ready to use in 5 minutes

The exact details of the European digital certificate and the application in the national member states are still being defined. It is however clear the certificate will consist of a QR code that will be readable by third parties to validate the certificate, showing a red or green screen. mobco, leader in managed mobility solutions in Belgium, developed a Covid Certificate Scanner that enables fast, simple and fully secured authenticity validation based on the official app the Belgian government will issue.

Ulrik Van Schepdael, CEO of mobco:”Our Covid Certificate Scanner is developed with one goal, that’s the scanning and validation of the certificates. The device is configured in such a way that it can only run this single scanning application, guaranteeing maximum security and data protection. Equally important is the ease of use. When an organisation or company needs to execute scans, it’s not acceptable the employees would have to download and configure the scanning app themselves. Our device automatically configures itself at first launch, without any user or IT intervention. The scanner is operational in less than 5 minutes.” 

Military grade robustness and security

To ensure scanning can take place in all circumstances and to combine reliability with rock solid security, mobco opts for the Samsung Xcover 5, a smartphone designed and build for employees active in a variety of business’ around the world. The device is part of the Samsung Galaxy series and includes a brilliant screen, a durable battery and benefits from advanced data protection thanks to the Samsung Knox platform.

Pascal Bungeneers, Head of B2B Samsung Belgium: “The robust hardware of our Galaxy Xcover 5 Enterprise Edition is perfectly suited for professional users to validate the Covid-19 certificates. Think of events on the beach, festival, restaurants, … The smartphone is IP68 water and dust proof, has 1.5 meter drop protection and can be operated while wearing gloves. It’s compatible with third party charging cradles to fill up the 3000 mAh battery, sufficient to last an entire day. And if all that power would not suffice, the battery can be replaced by the user in seconds.” 

Proven technology and expertise

Ulrik Van Schepdael:” This is not our first collaboration in this line of business. We have equipped all security agents of Seris with similar Samsung devices with a specific configuration. That project is one of many where we have proven that a preconfigured and protected smartphone is the ideal solution in very challenging circumstances.”

Pascal Bungeneers:” Aside the robustness of the Samsung Xcover 5, the smartphone incorporates the highest possible data protection technology. Security is not an add-on, but is built-in during the production of the smartphone based on the Samsung Knox platform. This protects each smartphone, wearable or tablet, on the lowest chip level against intrusion, malware or other threats.”

The Covid Certificate Scanner is available, including support and centralised management by mobco, for a fixed price of EUR 243, – excluding VAT (or EUR 373, – excluding VAT with a 12 months mobile subscription).

About Samsung Belgium

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes our future with innovative ideas and technologies. The company redefines the world of televisions, smartphones, wearables, tablets, digital applications, network solutions, storage, LSI systems, semi conductors and LED solutions. To learn more about the latest news, articles and press material, see Explore and Insights.

About mobco 

mobco is founded in 2010 and focusses on the modern workplace. The portfolio of mobco includes hardware (smartphone, tablet, computer), software to manage and services to support the modern workplace. With the in-house development of the Workplace Self Service platform, mobco enables the employees of its customers to order their devices and receive these preconfigured at home. mobco counts 26 employees, has two office locations in Dilbeek and Capellen (Luxemburg) and supports large private and public organisations in Belgium and Luxemburg. mob.co  

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iPad Pro and iMac, supercharged by M1.

April 20th, 2021, Apple unveiled new members in the M1-family.

iPad Pro is the very first 5G-ready iPad and we’ve never seen any computer like the completely redesigned iMac. And trust us, we’ve seen quite a few…

iPad Pro and M1. Power couple.

With the same M1 chip found in the latest Macs, the new iPad Pro provides up to 50% improved performance compared to the previous generation.

Combined with 5G-readiness, you can do just about anything from just about anywhere. Equipped with Thunderbolt, iPad Pro opens up an extensive ecosystem of high-performance accessories for iPad Pro, like fast external storage, displays and docks.

The ultimate iPad experience. Now with breakthrough M1 performance, a breathtaking XDR display, and blazing‑fast 5G wireless. Buckle up.

Both the new 11” as the 12.9” iPad Pro can be ordered at mobco with a starting price of 742 EUR for the base model. 

Available in our online store starting at just €742,98 (Excl. btw).*
*Available as of mid May

iMac and M1. With great power comes great capability.

Built for M1 from the ground up, the completely redesigned 24” iMac offers a sleek design, vibrant colors, breakthrough performance and unseen power efficiency.

Available in 7 colors, employee choice just got real. Your employees can choose between a brand-new blue, green, pink, silver, yellow, orange or purple iMac.

This 11.5mm design is made possible thanks to M1. It makes iMac so thin and compact that it fits in more places than ever.

Your employees are spending more than ever in video cals. With the 1080p FaceTime HD camera (best camera in a Mac ever), the six-speaker sound system providing audio that fills the room and a brilliant 4.5K Retina Display, your video calls never went better.

The new iMac features a color-matched keyboard, mouse, and trackpad. And for the first time, Touch ID comes to iMac. So you can easily and securely unlock your computer, use Apple Pay, and download apps quickly with just a finger.

All models can be ordered at mobco with a starting price of €1197 (Excl. btw)*
*Available as of mid May

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