Up until this past year, Macs have consistently outsold Chromebooks. This is the first time ever that Chromebooks won that race.
If you ask me, it’s no surprise. Chromebooks offer just as much for the user at a significantly lower price.
And this is coming from a long-time Mac loyalist.
I Was an Apple Fan Boy
I was one of the people that swore by Apple and all their products. I had an iPhone (long ago), an iPad, and a Mac.
I never thought I would veer away from Apple’s extremely user-friendly devices that all work so seamlessly together. When I started to compare in detail what the Mac and Chromebook are offering, it was painfully obvious that the Mac was severely overpriced.
When I was finally able to look at the two without my bias towards Apple products, I realized that the Chromebook was the better buy, and the Macbook wasn’t even close.
I Bought My First Chromebook
I went ahead and purchased my first Chromebook, the Samsung Chromebook Plus, It didn’t feel right, but I knew it was the best value for my dollar. It took a little bit to get used to it, but once I did, I knew I made the right decision.
What I Liked about the Chromebook
The Chromebook is designed to work seamlessly with the Internet. Unlike the Mac or a Windows PC, which starts with its own platform and connects to the Internet from there, the Chrome operating system was built to work with an online connection from head to toe.
This made backing up my files and sharing them across different devices a seamless process, which is something I didn’t experience before with my Mac.
I’m Not the Only One Choosing the Chromebook
The Chromebook successfully outsold the Mac in the US through the first quarter of 2016. This is according to the IDC.
According to their estimates, Apple made around 1.76 million Mac shipments, while Chromebook shipments reached the 2 million mark through the first three months of 2016.
It is unclear if this success is carrying over to the international markets. The data that was collected from the IDC was focused on US sales specifically. Judging by the numbers, it’s a pretty safe bet that Chromebook sales are also exceeding in other areas of the world, especially compared to the higher-priced Macs.
The Chromebook is succeeding over the Mac because of its price point. It’s a high-quality device that is being sold at a much lower price than what Apple sells the Mac at. For years, Apple was able to get away with offering a user-friendly laptop at prices that exceeded the market standards.
Now with Google’s Chromebook doing so well, Apple may have to reconsider their pricing model if they want to compete in this market. I don’t think they will however because they price their products high for a purpose.
This is turning out to benefit the consumers that are looking for a user-friendly device at a more affordable price point.
Schools Are Choosing Chromebooks over Macs Too
Chromebooks are excelling with users from K-12 as they are the laptop of choice within this age range. Schools are purchasing Chromebooks more than any other type of laptop. They are doing especially well in the US. Back when I was in school, we had a lot of Macbooks. They would constantly get stolen because, well, they are an expensive piece of tech that every kid wanted. As you grow up, however, you start to realize the massive hype that follows Apple products. Oh, and when it’s coming out of your bottom line, now that’s a real eye opener!
Is the Chromebook Really Better?
One thing that the Chromebook offers is a different interface entirely. Its operating system is not built in the traditional way. It doesn’t have a “real” OS. Instead, it’s designed to work seamlessly with the Chrome browser.
As you would expect, it runs Chrome perfectly. If your browser experience is significant to you, pairing Chrome with the Chromebook is the best route you can go in this case.
Let’s take a step back for a moment. How many of us really do anything outside of a web browser anyway?
What to Expect in the Coming Months
The IDC is predicting a small rebound for PC shipments in general. This is a good sign at a time where we have seen a steady decline in the amount of PC shipments.
The release of Windows 10 is helping general PC sales. The fast-rising Chromebook and its success is going to challenge Microsoft’s hold on the “low-cost” laptop market very soon.
Google has announced plans to begin releasing android approved apps and making them available to use on the Chrome operating system. This is expected to further increase the demand for the fast-rising Chromebooks.
What Does All This Mean?
This means competition, and competition is great for the consumer.
When you have intense competition over a highly lucrative industry, the result is normally great pricing and unmatched quality. This means we as the consumers can expect a lot of positive things to come out of the Chromebook’s success.
No, I don’t expect the Mac to take a backseat to the Chromebook and I wouldn’t be surprised if I switched to a future version of the Mac in the future. But until Apple is able to put together a device that continues to offer the great user experience they are known for but at a much lower price point, I will be sticking with my Chromebook from now on.
Another encouraging sign is that Google is poised to continue to improve on their laptops. We already have seen that they are going to start releasing Android apps for the Chrome operating system. This is going to give them another big bump in sales and convince even more people to switch over.
Once this happens, I expect the momentum to carry the Chromebook to even higher heights. Google has always been great at continuing to improve their most successful products. I expect Google to continue to offer products that can consistently rival and outshine industry leaders.