China-based BOE reportedly missed the initial volume of OLED panels destined for this year’s iPhone 15 series due to production issues, with Samsung and LG claiming the majority of orders. Now it is looking to make up for it by focusing on OLED panel production for the low-cost iPhone SE 4. The volume of OLED panels for the iPhone SE 4 is estimated to be around 20 million next year.
Apple plans to release the iPhone SE 4 in 2024
According to a report by The Elec, BOE, an Apple partner based in China, will be providing OLED displays for the fourth-generation iPhone SE. The new iPhone SE is expected to be released in 2024.
BOE was unable to provide OLED panels for this year’s iPhone 15 series, which led to Samsung and LG winning the majority of the orders. However, BOE is looking to make up for it by focusing on OLED panel production for the low-cost iPhone SE 4. It is estimated that around 20 million OLED panels will be produced for the iPhone SE 4 next year.
Rather than introducing new specifications, the iPhone SE 4 is likely to use OLED inventory originally intended for the iPhone 13 or iPhone 14. “It makes sense for Apple to optimize by leveraging component inventory, as it is an entry-level product,” states the Korean report, which was translated into machine language.
Apple is said to be working on a fourth-generation iPhone SE with a 6.1-inch OLED display and an Apple-designed 5G chip. According to reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the new iPhone SE will be similar to the standard iPhone 14, which features a 6.1-inch OLED display with thinner bezels. The current iPhone SE is equipped with a 4.7-inch LCD display with thicker bezels.
Display analyst Ross Young has also previously mentioned that the iPhone SE 4 will feature an OLED panel from BOE, which was further corroborated by the recent report.
Overall, it seems that the iPhone SE 4 will offer improved features over its predecessor, including a larger OLED display and 5G connectivity. BOE’s contribution to the production of OLED panels for the new iPhone SE is expected to help meet the anticipated demand for the entry-level device.