BOE starts making display samples for iPhone 12S: report
This is only the beginning as the publication adds that BOE has set up a new facility (Fab B11) in Menyang exclusively for Apple. The company is currently said to be manufacturing OLED samples for the next iPhone, which an increasing number of reports say will be called the iPhone 12S, and not the iPhone 13.
Samsung is currently Apple's main OLED supplier for the iPhone 12. It is believed that Apple has procured panels from LG for only the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 and the rest of the range features Samsung-made panels.
Apple apparently wants to reduce the proportion of orders that go to these two South Korean companies but it could be a while before that happens. An industry insider cited in the the BusinesKorea report does not expect BOE to win orders for the iPhone 12S and they expect the manufacturer to enter the supply chain for brand new iPhones next year.
This implies that BOE will continue to supply OLED panels for refurbished models in the meanwhile. The Chinese manufacturer also hopes to provide MicroOLED panels for Apple's virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) devices. According to one South Korean outlet, the company is planning to launch MicroOLED panels for AR and VR devices in the second half of this year.
Today's report also corroborates rumors that higher-end iPhone 12S models will sport LTPO panels. These will likely be procured from Samsung.
This story is part of:iPhone 12S / 13 leaks (14 updates)
1 March 5G iPhone 13 to feature smaller notch and 120Hz LTPO display, says Kuo
23 February BOE's OLED tech is now "closer" to LG, Samsung; could be one of the main iPhone 12S suppliers
19 February BOE starts making display samples for iPhone 12S: report
2 February New report tips major camera upgrade for Apple's entire iPhone 13 family
31 January Apple may go old-school with the iPhone 12S