Chinese firm BOE has been trying to win Apple’s OLED screen business for longer than we can remember, but it’s struggled to meet the company’s strict quality control requirements. That now seems to have seen some improvement, with BOE now setting up production lines that will be dedicated to production for Apple.
According to a new ETNews report, BOE first made an attempt to win Apple’s OLED business back in 2017, but it couldn’t quite but it.
However, there now seems to be confidence within BOE that Apple’s business is incoming. It already makes the LCD screens for some of Apple’s iPhones, and now it wants to make OLED screens, too.
It has been confirmed that BOE, the biggest display maker in China, has started making investment in plant and equipment in order to supply OLEDs to Apple. It will be interesting to see whether BOE can be a third OLED supplier for Apple in 2021 following Samsung Display and LG Display.
According to the industry, BOE recently decided to invest in OLED module lines exclusively for Apple. It is heard that BOE is planning to construct 10 new module lines at its B11 OLED plant located in Sichuan.
BOE has consistently been making attempts to supply its OLEDs to Apple. Along with the construction of B11 plant, it has been participating in projects for development of OLEDs for iPhones. However, it has yet to supply its OLEDs as its OLED has not satisfied Apple’s strict quality evaluation.
However, it’s important to note that the report doesn’t expressly say that BOE and Apple have signed a deal. Rather, BOE seems to be getting everything ready. That isn’t something it is likely to do if it hasn’t heard positive news from Apple – so it’s likely that it has finally managed to pass the iPhone-maker’s strict quality controls.
Apple’s current iPhone OLED manufacturers are Samsung and LG, with BOE making that three if and when it comes online.
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