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iPhone 14-series displays will be made by BOE as well as Samsung and LG

BOE might get to keep making displays like this. (Source: Apple)
BOE might get to keep making displays like this. (Source: Apple)
The display OEM BOE's status as a maker of iPhone 14 displays is said to have been in jeopardy following a disagreement with Apple over the manufacture of the flagship smartphones' predecessors. However, it seems BOE has secured its repeat business from the Cupertino giant after all, albeit for a relatively small proportion of 14-series OLED screens.

iPhone 13-series production has reportedly hit a serious snag as of late, thanks to BOE's decision to take unilateral action on the design of a new order of the devices' panels it had been commissioned to make. 

BOE reportedly risked its contract with Apple (which might help explain the current dearth of vanilla 13 units on Amazon right now), not to mention its future as a supplier of the OLED necessary for the new 14 series, over the resulting disagreement. However, it may now have been resolved, according to a new ITHome report.

The blog now asserts that Apple requires a total of 90 million OLED panels to complete its iPhone 14-series shipments. 60 million of these orders have apparently gone to Samsung, with LG grabbing 25 million of the rest, leaving the remaining 5 million for BOE.

Accordingly, the third company may still be in the iPhone display game, even if to the tune of just 5.5% of all new orders. In addition, BOE apparently gets to work on the vanilla, 6.1-inch 14 only - no alleged new punch-hole panels for that OEM, then.

It is thought that Apple may have relented on this point mainly to send a message that it is not necessarily wholly dependant on LG and Samsung for its top-end mobile screens. Nevertheless, should this new report prove correct, it may prove a valuable coup for BOE in the long run.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-07-10 (Update: 2022-07-10)