According to sources, Apple has struck a deal with Chinese display manufacturer BOE. The contract covers 25 percent of the OLED displays for the standard version of the iPhone 14 smartphone. BOE will provide only 6.1-inch panels, which means that the larger iPhone 14 Max, as well as a pair of iPhone Pro smartphones, will still exclusively use screens made by LG and Samsung.
Chinese media sources note that BOE will be supplying panels for the current-generation iPhone for the first time. The display manufacturer has so far produced panels for the previous-generation iPhone.
This information comes just weeks after reports from South Korea that BOE is also preparing to supply OLED panels for future iPads and Macbooks. To meet Apple’s needs for future contracts, BOE will expand its B16 plant in Sichuan Province and equip it with the appropriate capacity needed to produce the required number of OLED panels.
The source also recalled that BOE had its best year since it started working on such panels. Annual results showed that BOE shipped nearly 60 million OLEDs, a 60% increase, which lifted the company into first place in China and second place in the world behind undisputed leader Samsung.