Chromebooks Overtake Apple's iPads in U.S. Education Market
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According to recent data coming from IDC and reported by Financial Times, Google has overtaken Apple in United States schools. Around 715,000 Chromebooks have been shipped to U.S. schools in the third quarter, while Apple shipped 702,000 iPads to schools. With these new numbers, Chromebooks now account for a quarter of the educational market.
What’s really impressive is that laptops running Chrome OS have seen a dizzying increase. They have gone from zero to a quarter of the US educational market in only two years. And it seems that price has been the deciding factor.
Another reason is that many school corporations seem to prefer the full keyboard found on Chromebooks instead of the touchscreen found on iPads.
Speaking about the report, IDC analyst Rajani Singh said that the growth of Chromebook is a major concern for Apple’s iPad. He also points out that the need for a keyboard becomes very important as the average age of the student increases. So, it seems that while the touch panel is quite versatile, they keyboard is still associated with productivity.
Makes sense because keyboards and perception of work instead of games.
This narrative has been building all year: