Recently released was a survey by cloud-based practice management company Clio respecting the use of Apple products in law offices. For a simple visual account of the results, view Clio’s infographic, here.
It should come as no surprise that the results of this year’s survey, as well as those of the past three annual surveys, indicate that the use of Apple products in law practices has, and continues to rise. This is particularly true of solo and small firms as over 85% of Clio’s 838 sample were lawyers in firms with one to ten attorneys. Of all the Apple products, the iPhone proved most popular with over 80% of respondents stating that they either currently used the iPhone or planned to in the next year. Additional report highlights included iPad usage, which was found to have increased by 10% to 67% just in the past year, and Microsoft Office usage, which continued to dominate over Apple’s native iWork office solution.
As the number of attorneys using Apple products increases, so does the availability of software for Macs and iOS devices. Companies like Clio and other cloud-based software products have made strides among Apple users by using browser interfaces suitable to Apple and PC users alike, and developed dedicated applications for a variety of tablet and smartphone use.
If you are currently an Apple attorney or interested in joining the ever-growing ranks, check out the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program’s newest resource: LoMac for the Law Office Mac and iOS User. LoMac grew out of demand among the invaluable Apple attorney support community MILO: Macs in the Law Office for increased local networking, programming, and resources. If you haven’t already joined MILO, do so now – it’s free! Moreover, be sure to save the date for this year’s MILOfest, the ultimate “Mac-Lovin’ Lawyers Event”. And finally, don’t miss the iPad and Mac-tracks at ABA TECHSHOW later this month!
Note: the results of the Clio survey are illustrative but nonscientific. Read “Trends in Solo and Small Firm Hardware” for additional data regarding Mac use from the ABA Legal Technology Survey Report.