2012 Apple in Law Firms Survey Results Show iPad and iPhone Still Dominate, as well as “the Cloud”

Android Gains Significant Ground over 2011 Results

Vancouver, BC – November 27, 2012 –
The 2012 Clio Apple in Law Firms Survey results have been tabulated.  1212 people participated, 79% of which were practicing lawyers and 20% of which were law students or non-lawyers.  76% of respondents were lawyers at firms with 10 attorneys or less. Many of the survey respondents were relative Mac newcomers: 60% of respondents have been using Macs in their law offices for two years or less.

This year’s results show that Apple products continue to gain ground with small firm lawyers, but there is also competition from Android devices.

Widely-used products in the survey included iPhones, used by 62% of respondents; Dropbox, used by 25% of respondents; iCloud, seeing higher adoption at 16%; and Android phones with a  significant usage increase, from 16% last year to 24% this year. Evernote, a note-taking app inched up to 15% usage compared to last year. OpenOffice had gained 2 percentage points since last year, showing that open source technology is appealing to solo and small law firms. Clio showed a 25% adoption rate for 2012.

Why are lawyers continuing to “go Mac”?  46.5% of respondents said they chose Apple hardware over PC options because the technology was more reliable and secure.  Usability was next on at 31%.  Familiarity due to home use of Apple/Mac products was 10%, and surprisingly aesthetics and design dropped to 1.98% from 3%.  

“This is the third year Clio has conducted this Apple in Law Firms survey to benchmark the degree of adoption of Apple products and other emerging technology in the legal industry,” said Clio CEO and Co-Founder Jack Newton.  “Apple hardware and devices – especially the iPad and iPhone – continue to capture the attention and dollars of lawyers; cloud-based applications have won attorneys’ confidence and gained more traction.”

Legal professionals and law students were invited to participate in the survey, regardless of firm size and location. The annual survey aims to determine to what extent lawyers and law students are now using Apple products, and whether there is clear evidence of an increasing trend of the legal industry “going Mac” in the future.

For more information on the 2012 Clio Apple in Law Firms Survey or to receive the complete survey results, e-mail info@goclio.com.


Clio is a comprehensive cloud-based practice management, time & billing and client collaboration platform specifically designed for small and mid-sized law firms. Clio can be accessed using PCs and Macs as well as mobile devices including iPhone, iPad and other mobile devices.

Secure and easy-to-use, Clio provides case/matter management, time tracking, billing/reporting, client contact and document management, task scheduling, trust accounting, and detailed reporting. In addition, Clio includes Clio Connect, a secure portal for exchanging information and collaborating with clients, and Clio Express, an offline time capture application.

Clio is based in Vancouver, B.C., and was founded by Jack Newton and Rian Gauvreau in 2007.
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