BOE gets go-ahead for iPhone 14 OLED production despite previous panel problems

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Apple has reportedly approved supplier BOE to provide OLED panels for the iPhone 14 even after earlier manufacturing changes were performed without Apple's knowledge.

BOE expected to produce 5 million iPhone 14 OLED panels
BOE expected to produce 5 million iPhone 14 OLED panels

BOE has had a rollercoaster year working with Apple to produce OLED for its iPhones. The company has produced panels for iPhones in limited quantities in the past, but has always sought to expand its production capabilities to serve more units to Apple.

According to a report from ITHome, BOE may have finally landed a small production order from Apple for "iPhone 14." Supply chain data sourced from Runto Luotu Technology Research indicates that Apple had certified BOE's OLED display.

It is expected that Apple's new BOE order for 5 million units will be used to supply panels for the standard 6.1-inch "iPhone 14." Industry estimates suggest Apple will purchase 60 million display units from Samsung and LG will supply 25 million.

Apple had previously placed an order for 10 million OLED units in 2022, but the company ran into production problems. It was later revealed that BOE's production request had been halted by Apple after discovering BOE had altered the display specs without authorization.

In June, Apple had reportedly begun evaluating BOE again for "iPhone 14" panel production. It seems Apple has approved BOE again for OLED production, even with its recent history.

This order for 5 million units is relatively small given the large number of iPhones Apple sells each year. However, the low order may be for evaluation purposes as BOE seeks future orders from Apple.

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  • Reply 1 of 2
    avon b7avon b7 Posts: 7,798member
    Depending on just two main suppliers creates supply pricing distortion. Throwing a third into the mix will give Apple negotiating leverage because BOE is capable of vastly increasing output.

    It will keep Samsung and LG on their toes. 
  • Reply 2 of 2
    9secondkox29secondkox2 Posts: 2,826member
    This is good.motivates the other suppliers to stop gouging.  
    Also gives a leg up to a hungry lesser company. No doubt they e solved their actual issues. 
    5 million isn’t a ton, but it will be a good start and also minimize the impact of any possible issues. 
    edited July 2022
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