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Design Your Law Office on Your iPhone

If you've been thinking about how your office would look with a new couch, you don't even have to get off the couch to see it.

Augmented reality is coming to a law office near you. It might even be in your pocket already, and can show you exactly what you imagined.

The new operating system for iPhone and iPad enables reality apps like never before. And if that's not cool enough, the iOS 11 is free.

Augmented Reality

Unlike the soon-to-be-released iPhone X, which will sell for about $1,000, the free operating system is available now. It has all the features, like a smarter Siri, but its best feature has to be the agumented reality function.

AR is not your father's virtual reality. That was then, when you could put on goggles and see 3D images around you in a virtual world.

Augmented reality is cutting-edge cooler, because your kids said so. They got it when Pokemon Go hit the freeware market, overlaying those iconic characters everywhere they went.

The software developers have caught up with grown-up apps, like Ikea's furniture-placement app. You can drop furniture virtually anywhere you go.

Overlay Imagination

Even if you're not an Ikea shopper, it's how the app overlays your imagination on the office space that makes it especially useful. It's cheaper than hiring an interior designer and easier than hauling a couch up the stairs.

The iOS11 is not the only smart device that enables AR. And it's not just for furniture placement; you can align the stars above you with the right app.

Similar programs and devices are evolving, but Apple says its operating system makes the virtual world sync better with the real world. It matters, especially as the future brings more useful apps for lawyers.

Imagine an overlay that puts a knife in your colleague's back? Just kidding, but using augmented reality is better than ordering a new couch without consulting your business partner first. That would be more like a real stab in the back.

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