Apple products have become an obsession of mine. I just love using them, and I just love reading about them. Relaxing, and never grows tiring.
In my law practice, I got rid of my server, and moved completely to the cloud. My practice management software is a very sophisticated cloud application (not the simpler cloud apps that have proliferated), I save everything on Dropbox, and without realizing it, it has made a profound difference in my computing needs.
I still use a Macbook Pro, and a super computer like Samsung 17" laptop. One at the home office, and one at the office, along with large second monitor for both, and Apple TV in court. I also use an iPad Air 2, and an iPad Mini 4, with their own keyboards and TrialPad software (truly profound paradigm changing piece of software that only works on iPad).
Anyways, at this point in time, the only real needs I have for a laptop are (1) it can use multiple monitors (but this is something, specified below, that I am moving away from anyways), (2) I am mostly paperless and need to scan everything and my Macbook is what I scan to, although there is now a scan direct to Dropbox feature that bypasses the need for an attached computer (albeit, this option does not OCR the document), (3) organizing files in Dropbox (something that I can also reasonably do with iPad), and (4) Dropbox files are also local on the SSD memory of the Macbook, so a more secure way to make sure you can quickly access your files from Dropbox (although you can reasonably access files on ipad even with tethering to iPhone in most places - not quite in all courtrooms though - too bad, although one can download locally to ipad as well, but another task I don’t need).
So, I finally got my printer set up with my WiFi and like, whoa! My iPad actually prints to the printer faster than my attached Macbook Pro via USB.
I have also found that I focus better, and get things done better with a 9.7" or 7.9" screen, with just a few apps to focus on at a time.
Long and short, I am almost at the point where I can run a law firm, in the cloud, off of a last generation iPad Air 2 or even iPad Mini 4.
Yes, I still think in the end I will be more productive on the Macbook Pro or on the supercomputer 17" Samsung laptop with mouse, but the gap is small enough that I could probably get by either way with maybe only losing half a step.
Anyone else have any similar experiences?
Oh yes, Excel cannot run macros on iPad. Albeit, if I were to subscribe to Office 365 I am not clear if I could then run macros. I do need to run macros. My work around is GoToMy PC, where I can access Excel remotely to run the necessary macros. Pain, but that is one last issue I have. An important one mind you.