Earlier this week, I was talking with an attorney from California about the ever increasing number of lawyers who are using the iPad. He commented that he was hearing them say, "Hey, the OS is so easy to use on the iPad, why don’t we consider using Macs in our law practices." I told him that I predicted from its release that the iPad would be the "gateway drug" for a whole new wave of Mac converts.
Computerworld published an article earlier this week that verifies my prediction. Consider the following quotes/facts from that article:
- Chicago-based law firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal allows the firm’s lawyers to use iPads, and up to 100 of the 800 attorneys around the globe are already doing so — at their own expense.
- "The iPad has real value for attorneys servicing our clients, of being able to access corporate data and document libraries immediately and [doing so] a lot quicker than on a laptop," said Michael Barnas, the firm’s director of application services. "They take iPads and iPhones everywhere."
- The firm’s IT professionals have OK’d the iPad’s security and manageability and can provide limited support to a road warrior having problems logging in, authenticating or using Citrix Receiver.
- [W]ith the second version [of the iPhone], it was possible for IT to design and install security certifications for a second layer of password authentication, and it was possible to do remote wipes of data on iPhones that were stolen or lost. The iPhone 3GS allowed the firm to add Citrix Receiver for another level of security.