Apple’s display supplier may lose a significant iPhone 14 order after being detected cutting costs, according to reports
According to a source, Chinese display producer Beijing Oriental Electronics (BOE) may lose 30 million display orders for the future iPhone 14 since it purportedly changed the design of the iPhone 13’s display to enhance yield rate or the production of non-defective products.
Apple tasked BOE with producing iPhone 13 screens in October, a brief partnership that ended earlier this month when Apple allegedly found BOE changing the circuit width of the iPhone 13’s thin-film transistors without Apple’s knowledge. (Did they truly believe Apple wouldn’t notice?
This decision may come back to haunt BOE, as Apple may also remove the business from the job of producing the OLED display for the iPhone 14. According to The Elec, BOE dispatched an executive to Apple’s Cupertino headquarters to explain the matter, and the company claims it did not get an order to manufacture iPhone 14 displays. Apple is anticipated to reveal the iPhone 14 at an event this fall, but production for its display could begin as soon as next month, according to rumors.
Instead of BOE, Apple is expected to split the 30 million display order between its two key display manufacturers, LG Display and Samsung Display. Samsung is expected to manufacture the 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch displays for the next iPhone 14 Pro, while LG is expected to manufacture the 6.7-inch display for the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
BOE historically solely manufactured screens for reconditioned iPhones, according to reports. Apple later engaged the startup to supply OLED displays for the upcoming iPhone 12 in 2020, but the company’s first batch of panels failed Apple’s stringent quality control testing. A display driver chip scarcity has also hampered BOE’s manufacturing since the beginning of this year.
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