BOE is one of the leading display panel manufacturers and the company has been trying to increase the amount of supply to Apple for the iPhone. However, it seems that the company is facing obstacles to achieve this target.
The BOE is facing problems producing the OLED panels used in iPhones due to an ongoing global chip shortage, The Elec reports. This news further adds that Apple products will be affected this month and next month.
LG Semicon, which provided screen driver ICs to BOE for Apple iPhone displays, did not hit the mark. And due to the lack of production capacity from the foundry, the company supplied the display driver IC to LG Display before the BOE.
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Reporting from Gizmochina (21/2), this means that the BOE will reduce its OLED panel production capacity from three million units to two million units next month. Apple has reportedly ordered up to 10 million OLED panels from BOE for the first half of 2022.
At the moment, it's not known whether the screen production issue will impact production or supply for the Apple iPhone, but it seems unlikely since Apple doesn't rely on a single supplier.
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BOE is increasing its production of flexible smartphone OLED panels and turning three of its existing factories into OLED suppliers for Apple. With this move, the company is likely to overtake LG Display by 2023 and become the second largest supplier on the list of companies providing OLED panels for iPhones.