Apple cuts orders from BOE due to unexpected design changes in iPhone 13


Apple has reportedly pulled Chinese display maker BOE out of the iPhone 13 supply chain after the display made design changes to its OLED panels. The halt will not affect the iPhone 13 as Apple works with other screen producers, including Samsung and LG.

According to The Alec, the initial reason for the drop in production output was a lack of display driver integrated circuits (ICs), as IC supplier LX Semicon prioritized orders from LG Display. The most likely reason is that the panel maker has changed the design of OLED panels, such as expanding the circuit width of thin film transistors, and this was discovered by Apple, the sources said.

BOE produces OLED panels for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 at two factories in China, computing for only 10% of all iPhone displays in 2021. However, the company is planning a significant expansion to overtake LG Display as one of Apple’s main suppliers. iPhone displays in 2023.

A recent report claimed that Apple has struck a deal with Chinese display maker BOE for the screen of its regular iPhone 14 variant. According to the report, the contract is worth CNY 50 million and covers 25% of the OLED displays designated for the iPhone 14 model.

LG and Samsung are expected to supply panels for the larger iPhone 14 Max and iPhone Pro Duo and BOE will only provide 6.1-inch panels. BOE is manufacturing replacement versions as well as panels for previous generation iPhones and this will be the first time it will provide panels for current generation iPhones.

BOE will reportedly supply Apple with OLED LTPO displays for the high-end models of the iPhone 15 lineup in 2023. According to Elec, the Chinese display maker will produce and supply OLED LTPO panels to the Cupertino-based giant next year. BOE is looking to expand its capability to manufacture OLED LTPO displays, which enable variable refresh rates of up to 120Hz, for the iPhone 15 Pro.

The iPhone 13 first appeared on BGR India after Apple cut orders from BOE due to unexpected design changes.

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