Apple @ Work: Picking the right Apple accessories can help make your deployment a success


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For the past few weeks, we’ve been working through a ‘Back to the Basics’ series around managing Apple devices in schools and enterprise organizations. As we wrap up the series this week, I want to look at accessories, AppleCare, and Apple repairs.

About Apple @ Work: Bradley Chambers has been managing an enterprise IT network since 2009. Through his experience deploying and managing firewalls, switches, a mobile device management system, enterprise-grade Wi-Fi, 100s of Macs, and 100s of iPads, Bradley will highlight ways in which Apple IT managers deploy Apple devices, build networks to support them, train users, stories from the trenches of IT management, and ways Apple could improve its products for IT departments.

Mac accessories

On the Mac side, there are a handful of accessories I reccomend deploying with each computer. The first thing is a USB-C hub. What ports you’ll need will depend on the desk setup of your employees, but I generally reccomend this Anker 6–1 USB C hub on the low end of the VAVA USB C Docking Station on the high end. The biggest thing you’ll need to make sure you cover is external monitor connectivity, USB-A, and ethernet (if required). I’ve personally used both of these products, and both work great.

If your employees need backup power adaptors, I’ve had great luck with the RAVPower USB-C charger and the Anker USB-C cable. They are low-cost options for secondary chargers instead of buying Apple’s first-party ones.

If you plan to use Time Machine as a local backup method, I will reccomend a USB-A model as it’s easier to come by extra USB-A ports through one of the adaptors we reccomend overusing a USB-C one.

iPad accessories

On the iPad side, the first thing is a case. If you’re deploying iPads to hundreds/thousands of…