New data shows that Chromebooks will outperform Macs for the first time in a full year in 2020, a year largely driven by commercial demand for lightweight, powerful and affordable personal computers. The data from IDC (via GeekWire) shows that Windows continues to dominate the market, although the share fell during the year when Chrome OS rose past macOS to second place.
For the full year, Windows’ market share was 4.9% in 2020 compared to 2019, while the Mac grew from 6.7% to 7.5%. IDC’s data includes aggregate information about desktops, laptops and workstations, and does not provide an overview of specific different product types. However, it is worth noting that Chrome OS includes products made by Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo.
Demand for personal computers increased during 2020, mainly due to the shift to work and study at home. Market data estimates that the Mac in the 4th quarter of 2020 grew by around 30% compared to the same quarter the year before. Compared to other manufacturers, Apple had the most important growth during the year.
In addition to market changes due to changes in work and school patterns, Apple also launched in the fourth quarter of 2020 its first Apple silicon Macs, which have been very well received.