Currently, Apple procures OLED panels from Samsung Display, LG Display, and BOE. The Elec reports that the tech giant has cut BOE from its supplier lists for iPhone 15’s OLED panels because of quality issues.
In 2022, Apple launched iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models with a new notch with a “pill + hole” design for interactive Dynamic Island. Rumor mills claim that the tech giant is going to expand the Dynamic Island across iPhone 15 series which will replace the single notch in the standard models with the “pill + hole” notch.
BOE fails to overcome leakage issue in the new “pill + hole” display for iPhone 15 and 15 Plus
The new report details that BOE might also lose Apple’s order for the new OLED panels with holes for iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus models because it can not overcome the leakage issue.
Hole display refers to a technology that secures the space necessary for camera module lenses and Face ID (face recognition) by drilling a hole at the top of the display.
According to the industry on the 28th, it is known that light leakage occurs in the hole display of the iPhone 15 series organic light emitting diode (OLED) panel that BOE is developing. Light leakage refers to a phenomenon in which light leaks from a screen without being completely covered.
It is also speculated that BOE’s OLED panels for iPhone 15 will not be approved for mass production in time and might be used later for repair purposes. For now, BOE’s order might be given to Samsung or LG.
As BOE is experiencing difficulties in hole display processing, it is expected that it will be difficult to participate in the mass production of OLED for the first shipment of the iPhone 15 series scheduled for around June.
Since the production yield is not stable, there is a high possibility that the OLED for the iPhone 15 produced by BOE at this time will be for repair (refurbishment), not for new products. Afterwards, if the yield is stable, OLEDs for new products can be delivered, but from the perspective of BOE, disruptions to the overall production plan are inevitable.
Earlier it was claimed that the Cupertino tech giant has placed orders of OLED display panels for the upcoming 12.9-inch and 11-inch iPad Pro and MacBook to Samsung Display and LG Display and has cut out BOE.