Chromebook Sales About to Surpass Macbook Sales: Gartner
Though more than 4 out of 5 Chromebooks are sold in the U.S., the bigger picture is that they are now about 2.5 percent of what annualised PC sales are worldwide. At the same time, Gartner recently reported PC sales declining in 1Q15 by about 5.2 percent compared to 1Q14 sales (http://goo.gl/gnSBM9
). By contrast, Gartner estimates that Chromebook 2015 sales will rise about 27 percent from last year. I think that the estimate is low, perhaps my a third or a half, at least.
The main point is this: nobody wants to replace a PC unless they have to, and very few want to buy a new one if they haven't already had one. Macbook sales also continue to grow, and Gartner estimates that they rose about 8.9 percent in 1Q15 to about 1.7 million units. But here's the thing: if Gartner is saying that Chromebooks sales will be about 7.3 million units for the whole year, then Chromebook sales are about to surpass Macbook sales.
So, quietly, Chromebooks have become THE star for laptop sales.