OLED is getting much attention this week as LG was set to supply OLED panels to Apple for the iPhone sequels and while that deal is still in motion, it looks like it won’t take over from Samsung as the primary supplier. Rumors are at height of the skies of technology that China’s BOE will have that honor. Still the deal is not set, yet.
The major thing to discuss is that the company will have to prove it can produce OLED panels to Apple’s strict specifications and at the required volumes. BOEs senior official claims that the Chengdu Facility is already achieved 70% and according to experts it is close to what company needs.
If on any grounds, these rumors come to reality, still, we will see iPhones with BOE-supplied OLED screens in 2020 at the earliest (according to an insider). Till that time Apple equip its devices with screens mostly from Samsung with a small participation by LG, claim people in the know.
The BOE has the privilege to already supplies LCD panels for iPads and MacBooks, so it has experience working with Apple. It is worth mentioning that it is the #1 supplier of large LCDs in the world.
Actually the main reason for this is that Apple wants to lower the costs and on the other hand maintain the quality. This picture has many views like China wants to compete with South Korea and Japan in display production (and getting Apple’s approval is seen as a testament to quality).