Apple to Reportedly Evaluate BOE’s OLED Panels for ‘iPhone 14’ This Week
According to a report by The Elec, Apple is expected to begin its testing of Chinese display panel maker BOE’s samples of OLEDs for the forthcoming ‘iPhone 14′ lineup later this week.
The source notes that Apple will likely provide its verdict within a month, and if approved, BOE will begin mass production of the panels, sometime between July and August, for the base model out of the four in the ‘iPhone 14’ series. Sources believe the company will likely end up supplying around 5 million units at most.
Meanwhile, BOE’s South Korean competitors, Samsung Display and LG Display are expected to start mass production of OLED panels for the ‘iPhone 14’ near the end of this month.
Earlier this year, BOE was caught by Apple having changed the circuit width of the thin film transistors on the OLED panels it was manufacturing for iPhone 13. This caused its supply of OLED panels for iPhone 13 to dip beginning in February.
Executives of the Chinese company visited Cupertino to explain the situation to Apple and receive approval for OLED panels aimed at iPhone 14. BOE recently received re-approval to supply panels for iPhone 13 by Apple, sources said.
Under the circumstances, the Chinese display maker would like to win as many orders of OLED panels for the upcoming ‘iPhone 14.’