Introducing the next generation of Mac

A new generation of Mac in a familiar packaging and with an established set of management controls. The new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini are powered by M1, Apple’s breakthrough chip for the Mac.
This brings power, efficiency and autonomy to a platform we know how to integrate into your business.

With M1 your employees can work on the go, all day long, without charging!

Having already introduced Apple Silicon during the virtual WWDC earlier this year, Apple officially launched the new M1-chip during its ‘One More Thing’ event.

We’re familiar to Apple’s own chip in the iPhone- and iPad ranges, as they’ve been doing for quite some time now. By bringing its own chip to Mac, Apple is now fully independent from other vendors in the production of its hardware portfolio.

By far the most powerful chip Apple has ever made, M1 transforms the Mac experience. With its industry-leading performance per watt, together with macOS Big Sur, M1 delivers up to 3.5x faster CPU, up to 6x faster GPU, up to 15x faster machine learning capabilities, and battery life up to 2x longer than before.

And with M1 and Big Sur, users get access to the biggest collection of apps ever for Mac. With amazing performance and remarkable new features, the new lineup of M1-powered Macs are an incredible value.

“The introduction of three new Macs featuring Apple’s breakthrough M1 chip represents a bold change that was years in the making, and marks a truly historic day for the Mac and for Apple.”

Tim Cook, CEO Apple

MacBook Air: thin and light powerhouse

MacBook Air is Apple’s most popular Mac and the world’s best-selling 13-inch notebook. With the M1 chip, the powerful 8-core CPU performs up to 3.5x faster than the previous generation. With up to an 8-core GPU, graphics are up to 5x faster, the biggest leap ever for MacBook Air.

Did you know? The M1 is faster than the chips in 98 percent of PC laptops sold in the past year.

With the industry-leading power efficiency of M1, MacBook Air also delivers this performance in a fanless design, which means no matter what users are doing, it remains completely silent. And the new MacBook Air features extraordinary battery life, with up to 15 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 18 hours of video playback — the longest battery life ever on a MacBook Air.

With its sleek wedge-shaped design, stunning Retina display, Magic Keyboard, and astonishing level of performance thanks to M1, the new MacBook Air once again redefines what a thin and light notebook can do.

Available in our online starting at just € 933,06.

13-inch MacBook Pro: Even more powerful and even more pro

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is Apple’s most popular pro notebook. With the M1 chip and Big Sur, the 13-inch MacBook Pro becomes even more powerful and even more pro. The 8-core CPU, when paired with the MacBook Pro’s active cooling system, is up to 2.8x faster than the previous generation. And with M1, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is up to 3x faster than the best-selling Windows laptop in its class. With up to 17 hours of wireless web browsing and up to a staggering 20 hours of video playback, MacBook Pro delivers up to twice the battery life of the previous generation and the longest battery life ever on a Mac.

With its amazing performance and unbelievable battery life, combined with its gorgeous Retina display, Magic Keyboard, and compact design, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro is the ultimate expression of what the M1 chip can do.

And it is available in our online store for the starting price of just € 1.197,52.

Mac mini: Staggering performance and an ultracompact design

Mac mini is Apple’s most versatile computer, and now with M1, it packs a staggering amount of performance and incredible new features in such a compact design. M1 brings an 8-core CPU with up to 3x faster performance than the previous generation, dramatically accelerating demanding workloads. An 8-core GPU delivers up to a massive 6x increase in graphics performance, allowing Mac mini to tackle performance-intensive tasks like complex 3D rendering with ease.

Mac mini also features an advanced thermal design to sustain its breakthrough performance while staying cool and quiet, support for up to two displays including Apple’s Pro Display XDR in full 6K resolution, and Wi-Fi 6 for faster wireless performance and the Secure Enclave in M1 for best-in-class security.
With M1 and Big Sur, Mac mini represents a massive shift in what an ultrasmall desktop can do.

Far more versatile and far more capable than ever, Mac mini is now available in our online store for just € 660,33.

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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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! >

Erasmus Students in Android Masterclass 2018

We’re delighted to announce the first class young graduates of our Android Masterclass 2018 at Samsung!

We organise several Masterclasses on different deep dive topics, typically the IT staff of our customers attend these classes to sharpen their mobile expertise. As of now, we have set-up a separate track for Erasmus students!

The idea: allow IT students to taste the Enterprise side of mobile IT.

Thanks to Jochen of Samsung and Björn for the great support and congratulations to the first student graduates of our Android Masterclass 2018!

If you would like to attend one of our classes, check our extended calendar of the mobco academy or send your inquiry to info@mob.co

Erasmus Students in iOS Masterclass 2018

We’re delighted to announce the first young graduates of our iOS Masterclass 2018 at Apple!

We organise several Masterclasses on different deep dive topics, typically the IT staff of our customers attend these classes to sharpen their mobile expertise. As of now, we have set-up a separate track for Erasmus students!

The idea: allow IT students to taste the Enterprise side of mobile IT.

Thanks to .K of Apple and Björn for the great support and congratulations to the first student graduates of our iOS Masterclass 2018!

If you would like to attend one of our classes, check our extended calendar of the mobco academy or send your inquiry to info@mob.co

The definite enterprise guide for iOS 11.3

The 11.3 release brings major new features for iOS most of the enterprises have been asking for since a long time.
Controlling the iOS upgrade process is one of the most requested restrictions and appears on every IT department’s wish list – now included in the latest iOS release!
Another big one concerns the corporate contacts on iOS devices. With the upcoming GDPR every company needs to take the appropriate measures to protect personal information, including contact details. The new protection mechanism allows you to make professional contacts, typically originating from your Exchange, only available to your designated apps (your own or apps you selected from the app store).

But there is so much more to discover that we’ve decided the write a white paper including relevant new feature AND to organise a Masterclass on the new iOS.
During the workshop we’ll go through all the known and less known features + how to control and manage those feature; a must-attend-Masterclass for every professional responsible for a fleet of iOS devices!

Check our mobco academy to register for the upcoming Masterclass !

Download the definite enterprise guide for iOS 11.3 here !

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!