For the calendar year 2018, commercial device shipments grew by 9.2% while consumer devices fell 3%, IDC said.
“Competition from mobile devices, the slow pace of innovation and improvement in mainstream PC devices, and a disappointing gaming graphics hardware refresh cycle are all contributing to the extended life span of the consumer PC device”, said IDC Australia market analyst Sean Ashari.
“For much of the year the opposite trend was seen in commercial PC device shipments that were encouraged by SMB tax rebates, the looming Windows 7 end-of-support deadline, and the growing adoption of the PC-as-a-service model.
The company forecast a 3% drop year-on-year in PC shipments in 2019.
“Australia is expected to experience the continued decline in consumer PC shipments as a result of falling house prices, shrinking household savings, and uncertainty around interest rates,” said Ashari.
“In 2019, government and exporting businesses are expected to increase spending on PC devices, while locally trading businesses face a slow decline in business confidence.”
Chart: courtesy IDC Australia