Chinese display manufacturer BOE is reportedly back in Apple’s graces. In June, it was revealed that BOE re-gained Apple’s approval to resume production of iPhone 13 display panels, and today, it was confirmed that it has also begun manufacturing displays for iPhone 14.
Chinese display manufacturer gains Apple’s approval to provide panels for iPhone 14
The Cupertino tech giant in April signed a deal with BOE to supply components for the upcoming iPhone lineup. Soon after, the manufacturer was ordered to halt production of the panels after it changed the design of iPhone OLED panels by expanding the circuit width of the thin-film transistor without Apple’s approval.
Last month, BOE was given orders to resume production of iPhone 13 OLED panels. At the time, the manufacturer hoped it would also receive approval from Apple to begin mass production of iPhone 14 OLED panels.
A new report from IT Home today confirms that BOE has passed Apple’s evaluation for producing iPhone 14 panels. Subsequently, mass production for the panels will begin sometime in July and bulk shipments will start in September.
Apple plans on purchasing more than 90 million panels for its upcoming lineup. BOE’s Korean competitors Samsung Display and LG Display will supply 60 million and 25 million units respectively. BOE will only be providing around 5 million units. This suggests that the manufacturer has not fully gained Apple’s forgiveness.
Based on previous industry reports, we predict that the upcoming lineup will feature a thicker design and a larger rear-camera bump. In addition, the Pro models will be powered by the next-generation A16 Bionic chip and will sport a 48MP rear camera system. Barring any delays, the lineup is on track for a September release.