Chromebooks gain ground in the education market; but most educators still prefer iPads

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Schools around the world are trading in desktop PCs for tablets, netbooks and increasingly Chromebooks, especially in the United States, new research shows.

The unexpected popularity of Chromebooks, which were dismissed when they first came out as stripped-down machines with limited appeal, is a challenge for Apple. Less than a year ago, Apple appeared poised to inherit a significant share of the education market from vendors of traditional PCs. Today, Apple’s dominance seems far less assured.


The iPod Touch was the third most popular device type. Twenty percent of respondents had adopted or planned to adopt the iPod Touch, a decline of almost 39 percent from the prior year. Android tables were favored by just 17 percent of respondents. (Note, adding up the percentages will give you a total greater than 100 percent because respondents were able to select more than one device.)

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