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Rumor | The iPhone 14 will launch with a screen from BOE

New iPhones might have a fresh source of OLED. (Source: Apple)
New iPhones might have a fresh source of OLED. (Source: Apple)
The vanilla iPhone 14 is slated to be among the smallest and most basic of its upcoming flagship line-up. Nevertheless, it is also thought to do so with an OLED display; however, according to a new report, this panel will be sourced from the Chinese firm BOE rather than LG or Samsung.

All of the puzzle-pieces that make up the iPhone 14 seem to be falling into place long before it and its Pro (and possibly new Max) siblings launch in 2022, should the latest leaks be believed. Now, MyDrivers claims to even know where its new OLED screen is going to come from.

According to the Chinese-language (and Google-translated) tech site, BOE has secured a contract with Apple to work on its new mobile-device displays. Impressive an achievement as this may be, the OEM has reportedly picked up an order to make only "25%" of the new total display load, or, in other words, for those of the vanilla 14 only.

This may sound strange, as iPhone display supply is traditionally associated with LG or Samsung, who are apparently still in the running to make 14 Pro screens. Then again, BOE - a rising name in OLED tech that shipped 60 million units (or 60% year-on-year) in 2021 - was also involved in making the iPhone 12, and is also linked to next-gen MacBooks and iPads in the same capacity.

In the meantime, BOE is said to institute a whole new line in its Sichuan "B16" factory to complete its latest order for the iPhone 14s. Should that be the case, it seems the company could miss out on making world-first Apple punch-holes, which is a shame as it probably has plenty of practice working on those for Android phones.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-04-21 (Update: 2022-04-21)