According to the latest data from IDC, Google, for the first time
ever, has overtaken Apple in United States schools. The research
firm claims that Google shipped 715,000 Chromebooks to schools in
the third quarter, while Apple shipped 702,000 iPads to schools.
Chromebooks as a whole now account for a quarter of the
IDC says that the lower-cost of Chromebooks when compared to iPads
is a huge factor for school districts. Chromebooks start at $199,
while last year’s iPad Air, with educational discounts applied,
costs $379. The research firm also says that many school
corporations prefer the full keyboard found on Chromebooks instead
of the touchscreen found on iPads. Some schools that use iPads,
however, supply students with a keyboard case as well, but that
only further increases the cost of iPads compared to Chromebooks.
IT departments also tend to favor Chromebooks because they are
simpler to manage when compared to iPads.
Interesting trend. Makes me wonder whether there are any other markets than education where Chromebooks are gaining traction.