For the first time, Chromebooks outsold Macs in PC sales

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Recently Google’s low-cost Chromebooks has beaten Apple’s range of Macs for the first time in the US. Linn Huang, IDC analyst confirmed this milestone to The Verge.

Chrome OS overtook Mac OS in the US in terms of shipments for the first time in 1Q16, Chromebooks are still largely a US K-12 story

Based on IDC estimates, Mac US shipments is around 1.76 million in the latest quarter, this means that HP, Lenovo and Dell sold nearly 2 million Chromebooks in Q1 combined.

It is also noticed that Chromebooks have been the preferred choice in US schools making its demand high. This findings are only based in the US, it is unclear exactly how well Google’s low-cost laptops are doing, in places like Nigeria the prefered choice remains Windows based computers.

This is an important milestone for Google and from the looks of it, it isn’t going to be short lived especially with Google uniting its Android and Chrome OS platforms, this will make Chromebooks even more appealing to customers and additionally well positioned to challenge Microsoft’s dominance of the low-cost laptop market.

A Chromebook is a laptop running Chrome OS as its operating system. The devices are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and data residing in “the cloud”. The first Chromebooks for sale, by Acer Inc. and Samsung, began shipping on June 15, 2011. In addition to laptop models, a desktop version, called a Chromebox, was introduced in May 2012. The Chrome OS is an operating system designed by Google and based upon the Linux kernel.


The Mac is a series of personal computers (PCs) designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. Steve Jobs introduced the original Macintosh computer on January 24, 1984. This was the company’s first mass-market personal computer featuring an integral graphical user interface and mouse. Since 1998, Apple has largely phased out the Macintosh name in favor of “Mac”, though the product family has been nicknamed “Mac” or “the Mac” since the development of the first model.



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