At the beginning of this year, some media said in reports that Chinese screen maker BOE will supply some OLED screens for Apple’s newly launched iPhone 12. But judging from the final result, this forecast is not true. The OLED screens required for the iPhone 12 are all supplied by Samsung Display and LG Display.
After failing to supply OLED screens for the iPhone 12, the same media said in a report in September that BOE is still expected to enter Apple’s supply chain next year. Plus, it should supply OLED screens for the iPhone 13 in the second half of next year.
However, again, judging from the latest reports from media, BOE will still not be the OLED screen supplier for Apple’s new iPhone next year.
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In the latest report, these media said that Apple has tested BOE’s OLED screens. But they still fail to meet Apple’s requirements. This means that Samsung Display and LG Display will still be required by Apple’s new iPhone next year. Thus, they will be the only two suppliers of OLED screens.
The source mentioned in the report that BOE missed the chance to become a supplier of Apple’s iPhone OLED screens in 2021. But Apple is also considering including BOE into the supply chain and adopting BOE’s OLED screens in refurbished iPhones and screen repairs.
In fact, there are real problems inside BOE. So the company should fix them first, then pretend for something. Not that long ago, we reported that BOE’s plant in Chengdu, Sichuan Province is still facing production problems. This is one of the reasons why the company failed to get Apple’s validation. This is the second time this year that BOE will be failing Apple’s validation.
BOE’s factory in Mianyang also suffered the same fate in June this year, because the yield rate was as low as about 20%. According to the report, Apple’s review of Chengdu began in September, but only lasted a month, and ended in failure in October. BOE must now wait until the first half of 2021 to retry to reach a supply agreement.