Sometimes headlines are meant to spark interest in an otherwise lackluster article or topic — “clickbait.” While in other instances the title is the topic of a rather intriguing proposal. The latter is the case with this post from The Cyber Advocatewhich proposes the premise that within two years 50% of lawyers will use Apple Watch.

Apple Watch

The idea of rapid adoption of Apple Watch comes from MyCase’s, Niki Black’s interview with The Cyber Advocate. Niki apparently — because I haven’t bothered to listen to the podcast — stated that “50% of lawyers will have Apple Watch within 2 years.”

Uh . . . not likely. Here was my response.

And apparently a lot of folks agree with me.

Lawyers may eventually adopt Apple Watch or Android Wear, but not on the mass scale that Niki proposes. As Keith and Sara point out, lawyers are luddites. I even added the “#faxerforlife” hashtag to my response to Sam. Ultimately, if a lawyer wants to feel cooler than his colleagues, he’ll get himself a wearable.

And look, we didn’t even talk about the superior functionality of Android Wear over Apple Watch.

Jeff Taylor

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nikiblackesq · September 25, 2015 at 8:30 am

That was taken out of context and if you’d listened to the podcast I’m pretty sure you’d see that I’m fairly reasonable when it comes to wearables. I was referring to smartwatches in general, not specifically Apple Watch (although I mostly discussed Apple Watch in the podcast), although just like the iPhone, lawyers will prefer Watch since it integrates with their iPhone.

    Jeff Taylor · September 25, 2015 at 9:51 am

    I’m sure the comment was placed out of context, as I know you’re not that naive about adoption. Don’t forget that Android Wear is iOS compatible, which also opens the world of connected wearables.

    Even with more available users, I’m still not sure that we’ll ever see 50% adoption of wearables among, simply because they’re too impractical for most people. And yes, I realize the wearables crew lauds their usefulness, but at the end of the day, I still need my phone to complete most tasks, including texting and emailing.

    I know you can send messages via the phone, which is handy when I’m alone in the car, but very impractical when I’m on the train or in a crowd. Heck, I feel awkward in public even saying, “Ok Google” to compose messages and reminders. The reality is that some of the wearables’ functions are still very much a public faux pas.

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