BOE is hoping to get Apple’s approval next month to supply OLED panels for the standard version of iPhone 15, TheElec has learned.
The Chinese display giant had earlier in the year hoped to win orders for two models in the iPhone 15 series __ the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, which have 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch screens, respectively.
However, in July, while BOE started the approval process for the OLED panels aimed at the iPhone 15 Plus, in August a “huge defect” was found in the panels, sources said.
The company determined that it won’t be able to resolve the problem timely and has decided that it won’t be able to win approval from Cupertino for the panels aimed at iPhone 15 Plus.
Meanwhile, its OLED panels aimed at the standard iPhone 15 are currently going through review, which will conclude near the end of October.
If Apple approves, BOE will be able to supply up to 5 million panels within the year, the sources said.
The Chinese display giant started supplying OLED panels to Apple in 2020 starting with the iPhone 12 series and has aimed to expand supply to more models in each series.
Samsung Display is supplying the OLED panels for iPhone 15 Plus instead. The South Korean display giant is the largest supplier of OLED panels to Cupertino and provides panels for all four models in the smartphone series.
LG Display, meanwhile, is supplying OLED panels for two models, iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.