Alan Cohen, a reporter for Law Technology News, published a very interesting article this week on iPad use at law firms including some lawyers prefering an iPad to a laptop. Apparently some law firms let a lawyer choose either a laptop computer or a desktop computer plus an iPad. That would be an easy choice for me. Although I have a laptop computer in my office, it might as well be a desktop — heck, it might as well be an old-style mainframe computer that fills a room and has spinning tape — because I never move it from my desk, and I just travel with my iPad. And now, the rest of the news of note from the past week:
- Dallas attorney Tom Mighell reminds you to recycle your old iPhones.
- John Gruber of Daring Fireball, citing a report by Patrick Seitz for Investors.com, notes that last quarter Apple received 87.4% of the industry profit on cellphones while Samsung received 32.2%. And yes, that does add up to over 100% because every other company in the industry lost money last quarter.
- I know that a number of companies, including law firms, use software by Good Technology on their mobile devices. According to Daniel Eran Dilger of AppleInsider, 91% of Good customers use an iPad as a tablet, and 54% of Good customers use an iPhone as their smartphone.
- Last week, I mentioned a Wall Street Journal article based on an interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook. The Journal has now posted the entire interview, and it is an interesting read.
- Brian Chen of the New York Times reports that Apple has announced that the tantalum (a metal) it uses in its products does not come from areas engaged in warfare.
- Last year, Microsoft executives indicated that Microsoft Office would at some point come to the iPad. Juan Carlos Perez of IDG News Service wonders if that is still true in light of comments made by a Microsoft marketing executive.
- Jeffrey Taylor of The Droid Lawyer asks everyone to turn their iPhone to landscape mode when they shoot video. Amen to that.
- And finally, the new Chevrolet Equinox features built-in iPhone support, and the company produced a funny commercial showing off how that might work: