When the iPhone 14 launches in a few months, one of its largest display providers may not be on board. A report in Korea’s The Elek states that Apple could cut off a longtime partner for an unauthorized iPhone 13 design change.
The publication states that China-based BOE, which is producing OLED panels for Apple from the iPhone 12, has not yet received any orders for the iPhone 14. This follows an incident where the company was caught “changing the width of the circuit. The thin film transistor in the OLED panel made for the iPhone 13 earlier this year, “the source told The Elek.
According to the report, top officials of the BOE went to Cupertino after discovering why they had changed the design of the transistor সম্ভবত perhaps to increase the yield rate. Display makers are struggling to meet demand this year due to a shortage of key chips needed for panels. It failed to deliver the first shipment of OLED panels for the iPhone 12 in 2020 because the company failed a quality control test.
Apparently the explanation did not sit well with Apple because the company did not approve new orders for the iPhone 14, which was above 30 million OLED panels. According to The Elek, the orders are now likely to reach Samsung and LG. The iPhone 14 is rumored to have a non-Pro Max model added to the 6.7-inch and will dump a 5.4-inch mini display when it launches in the fall.