New data released in the US has revealed that Chromebooks have outsold Macs for the first time.
IDC analyst Linn Huang confirmed the news saying “Chrome OS overtook Mac OS in the US in terms of shipments for the first time in 1Q16,” Huang told The Verge.
“Chromebooks are still largely a US K-12 story”
Dell, HP and Lenovo are believed to have sold around 2 million Chromebooks collectively in the first quarter of 2016 with Apple’s Macs accounting for around 1.76 million shipments.
The majority of the demand in the US is in schools where there they have proved to be hugely popular although it is not clear what the levels of demand outside the US are like as research firms such as IDC and Gartner focus largely on the US.
The achievement seems certain to unnerve Microsoft at a time when PC sales are in overall decline although IDC predicts that there will be a “modest rebound” in coming months thanks to IT buyers switching to Windows 10.
Chromebooks are in a strong position to challenge Microsoft’s dominance in the low cost laptop market especially with the fact that Google will bring some Android apps to the Chrome OS.