Apple iPhone 14 OLED display: Samsung dominates the screen supply as Apple reportedly readies more than 34 million units for the launch
Apple iPhone 14 is almost upon us with Cupertino set to announce the new phones at its “Far Out” event on September 17. According to widespread reports, Apple has prepared a total of four iPhone 14 models this time around; the iPhone 14, the iPhone 14 Pro, the iPhone Max, and the iPhone 14 Pro Max. Per Ross Young of market research firm DSCC, Samsung is producing the bulk of OLED panels for the iPhone 14 series, followed by LG display in the distant second place and BOE, a Chinese display maker, in the third.
Additionally, it appears Apple will have over 34 million iPhone 14 units ready for the first three months. DSCC’s report suggests that iPhone assembly plants received a total of 1.8 million panels in June, 5.35 million in July, more than 10 million in August, and are set to receive north of 16.5 million in September.
According to Young, Samsung will be responsible for 82% of all iPhone 14 screens and LG Display will produce 12%. BOE, on the other hand, will only provide 6% of the total supply. Such low supply by BOE may have something to do with Apple’s soured relationship with BOE due to the Chinese firm changing the display construction of the iPhone 13 without prior approval from Apple.
Following the incident, Apple stopped BOE from making panels for the iPhone 13. BOE will reportedly only manufacture panels for the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Max.
On the other hand, the iPhone 14 Pro Max will exclusively use OLED displays from Samsung at the start as LG is reportedly experiencing technical challenges and will only be able to ship the panels starting September.