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Shipments of Chromebooks outpaced Macs in the US for the first time in Q1 2016, that’s according to data from IDC shared during a session at Google’s I/O developer conference today.
IDC in April estimated Apple sold around 1.8 million Macs, giving it around 13% market share and accounting for a 5.6% increase year over year. That put Apple in the fourth position for PC sales in the US (and worldwide) behind Lenovo, HP, and Dell, but at the time IDC*didn’t break out sales of Chrome OS devices versus other PC sales.
Since it’s now saying Chrome OS passed Mac OS X during the quarter, we know Chromebook manufacturers combined sold at least more than the 1.8 million it estimates Apple sold. Both of those numbers are of course estimates only as not all of the companies offer specifics on sales of Chrome OS devices versus PC sales for*devices running Windows and other operating systems.