Chromebooks have finally outsold Macs. This happened last year, the time when pandemic precautions were in full force and most people around the world are forced to self-quarantine. Due to the crashes, people have spent a lot of money on devices that will help them stay productive at home, be it for work, school or business. It’s the first time Chromebooks have come second, but still after Microsoft’s Windows. This is good news for Google, but not so much for Microsoft because Windows numbers are down.
More Macs and Chromebooks were sold last year, but laptops with the Chrome operating system proved more popular. It is mainly due to its affordability compared to MacBooks. The numbers were reported by IDC (International Data Corporation).
The market report tells us that Windows captured 87.5% of the market in the first quarter of 2020. In the second quarter, it was down to 81.7%. Both macOS and Chrome OS reached 7.6% and 10.0%, respectively. In the third quarter of 2020, the same thing happened: Windows fell while Mac and Chrome OS reached 8.4% and 11.5%. Interestingly, in the fourth quarter, macOS was down with just 7.7%, while Chromebooks reached 14.4% share versus 76.7% for Windows.
In abstract, The Chromebook numbers really improved. Chromebooks now outsold Macs, thanks to OEMs like Lenovo, HP, Asus, Dell, and Acer.
Chromebooks and notebooks
PC supply definitely took a hit in 2020. We’re not sure if it will improve in 2021, but we hope things will improve. There is still a pandemic, but people have started to live in the ‘New Normal’. And now, more than ever, the demand for computers has increased, with more students and employees staying home.
Smartphone shipments increased in the fourth quarter of 2020. Wearable devices also grew in the second quarter of 2020 as prices fell. Now we can say that Chromebook sales also increased.