Apple's major iPhone OLED supplier paused its screen production. BOE is one of the main tech companies that are affected by the ongoing supply chain issues, such as the global chip shortage.
Recently, the iPhone maker said that it is hoping to receive around 40 million OLED screens from BOE. However, this wasn't achieved because the partner company halted its production starting in February.
Because of this, Apple decided to reduce its demand by around 30 million. However, since BOE is still affected by the chip shortages, some experts said that 30 million OLED displays are also uncertain.
Apple Major iPhone OLED Supplier Production Halt
According to 9To5Mac's latest report, there are two reasons why BOE decided to pause its OLED productions permanently. The first one is the supply chain issues.
The second problem is the changes that Apple has implemented in its iPhone screens. This detail was first revealed by The Elec.
The source claimed that the OLED panel changes, such as wider circuit widths of thin-film transistors, also made it hard for BOE to meet the demand of Apple.
Because of this, the OLED supplier couldn't produce OLED screens for the new iPhone 13, especially the 6.1-inch model.
Now, will this force Apple to remove BOE from its list of suppliers?
Apple, BOE Partnership To Remain
Experts said that the production halt of BOE will not be a reason for Apple to remove the OLED supplier from its list of partners.
The iPhone maker has been benefiting from the company, allowing it to put more pressure on its competitors, such as Samsung Display and LG Display.
In 2021, Apple received around 16 million units of OLED from BOE. These screens were used for the new iPhone 12 and other next-gen models launched in this period.
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Post time: 06-17-2022