Apple could have a new supplier for its ProMotion display by the time it starts production for iPhone 15 Pro in 2023. According to a new report, China-based manufacturer BOE will supply the Cupertino tech giant with OLED LPTO displays for the Pro variants of its iPhone 15 lineup.
Apple’s iPhone 15 Pro might use BOE panels
After BOE unsuccessfully attempted to supply displays for the iPhone 12 lineup, it finally joined Apple’s supply chain to produce panels for the standard 6.1-inch iPhone 13 earlier this year. Displays for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are made by Samsung.
According to a recent report by The Elec, BOE is trying to expand its capacity to manufacture OLED LPTOP displays that enable a refresh rate of up to 120Hz, in time for the iPhone 15 Pro. The Chinese-based company will continue to supply displays for the lower-end models in the upcoming iPhone 14 lineup expected in the fall while displays for the Pro variants will be manufactured by Samsung and LG.
BOE is aggressively expanding its share in Apple’s OLED panel supply chain against South Korean rivals Samsung Display and LG Display.
Apple is expected to ship early-200 million units of OLED iPhones this year __ the Chinese display giant is expected to supply panels for up to 20% of the phones, or 40 million to 50 million units.
For the first time following iPhone X, Apple is rumored to be planning a radical redesign of the display on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. A few weeks ago, reliable analyst Ross Young said that the Cupertino tech giant will use a “hole + pill design” on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Previously it was thought that Apple would ditch the notch design it introduced with the iPhone X in favor of a hole-punch or pill-shaped design to house the camera and Face ID components.
Young also said that the infrared camera will not be moved under the display until 2023 or 2024 which means that Face ID will not be fully under the display until the iPhone 15 Pro or iPhone 16 Pro.