Your guide to Mac
Macs are a great choice for public sector organisations. They include some of the fastest, most advanced technology you can get in a notebook or desktop workstation. They’re backed up by powerful Intel processors and speedy memory, not to mention one of the world’s most stable operating systems. The chances are, if you’re currently using a PC, then there’s a Mac that will do the job better.
There's a Mac for everyone...
Unmatched for mobile working…
As far as mobile working goes, you can’t go wrong with a MacBook Air – especially if you’d rather a notebook over a tablet. It’s ideal for staff who frequently work from home or at remote sites because of its portability, with 11” and 13” options available and weighing 1.35kg at most. That said, it’s not the light option when it comes to power. It has dual-core i5 or i7 processors and flash storage, so will handle just about any office task, and runs Windows in a virtual environment with ease.
Planning officers, social workers, anyone in very mobile roles.
Prices start from £649 ex VAT
Macbook Pro with Retina display
Mobile power for the mobile power user…
For users who need power in a notebook, MacBook Pro is the answer. In recent years, it’s become increasingly recognised as a solid choice for just about anyone who needs faster processing and larger amounts of storage – you won’t have seen spreadsheets this fast before. MacBook Pro with Retina display is the latest version and includes flash storage and a resolution of up to 2880 x 1800.
Managers and directors, IT support, anyone needing mobility and power.
Prices start from £907 ex VAT
The perfect Apple starter…
Mac mini is the office essential. Inside the tiny casing (it’s only 7.7” x 7.7” x 1.4”) it packs in everything you’re used to in a whole PC tower. For many, Mac mini is the starter Mac because it has the lowest price, is a good option for hotdesking and where space is an issue, and includes every bit of power you expect from a desktop computer. You do need to hook up a screen, mouse and keyboard, but these can either be Apple’s own or a third party option.
Admin assistants, PR officers and office-based staff.
Prices start from £412 ex VAT
The versatile all-in-one…
This is an all-in-one option that comes in either a 21.5” or 27” configuration. Because of its versatility, it’s used by everyone from your typical office-based team right through to marketing departments who need the large screen size and power. The 21.5” option is a great choice for anyone who spends the majority of their time at a desk and wants to get the most from Apple.
Marketing departments, desk-based support teams and anyone needing powerful computing.
Prices start from £869 ex VAT
For wireless presentations…
While Apple TV functions as a set-top box that gives you access to HD TV shows, movies and iTunes on any display, the big benefit for many organisations is the AirPlay streaming functionality. It lets you wirelessly stream presentations, training material, demonstrations or content from an iOS screen or from macOS Sierra directly to the display without the need for a projector or cables.
Boardrooms and spaces where Mac and iPad users will be doing presentations.
Only £79.50 ex VAT
Automatic wireless backup
Apple’s Time Capsule lets you set your Mac to automatically back up its entire contents to a 2TB or 3TB server-grade hard drive. It also acts as a fully-featured AirPort Extreme base station (Apple’s WIFi solution for small organisations) so backing up can be completely wireless!
Prices start from £192 ex VAT
Focus on: Mac and macOS security
Because Apple design both the hardware and the operating system on a Mac, the entire machine works to secure the contents from threats and provide the very best security possible.
Gatekeeper is a built-in tool that protects you from downloading unsafe apps to the hard drive. It works by recognising whether or not apps have been created by a developer with an Apple Developer ID.
Sandboxing of apps takes place directly on the machine. Each app is isolated from critical system components, data and other apps, so that information can’t be shared between them – unless you want it to.
XD and ASLR (execute disable and Address Space Layout Randomization) functions build a strong wall between data and memory that prevents malware compromising the system and randomly change the memory location of apps making them hard to target.
File and data security
FileVault 2 ensures that your data is secure and that the contents of your machine (and removable drives) are protected by XTS-AES 128 encryption, minimising the chances of data being compromised.
File screening takes place on anything downloaded from Safari, Mail and Messages to ensure that they don’t include any disruptive content. For extra protection, the first time you go to open them, you receive an alert warning that it is a newly downloaded file.
Antiphishing tools within Safari will protect you from online attacks if thieves try to acquire sensitive information. If you try to access a suspect site, it will alert you rather than taking you straight there.
Your Mac security checklist
Gatekeeper app protection
Execute disable feature
Address Space Layout
XTS-AES 128 encryption
Find my iPhone feature
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