Apple’s search for OLED display manufacturers has got a new taker as a Chinese company has shown interest to produce OLED displays for Apple iPhone X.
The iPhone maker is currently relying on Samsung for its OLED displays. Recently, Apple has also roped in LG to ship LCD & OLED Panels for iPhones 2018.
BOE Technology Seeks to Supply Apple With OLED Displays
According to a news report from the Wall Street Journal, a Chinese company BOE Technology Group is proactively pushing to become a supplier of OLED displays to Apple as part of its efforts to increase advanced manufacturing.
The Chinese company is planning to supply OLED displays to Apple for its future iPhone models. Currently, BOE supplies Apple with displays for iPad and MacBook. The company is said to be the number one supplier of large LCD screens.
Industry insiders believe this move as advantageous to Apple. BOE Technology is controlled by the Beijing city government. If Apple selects BOE as a supplier, the company has a chance to stay in the good book of the Chinese government.
Notably, Apple had to comply with revised cybersecurity laws in China. Following this, the tech giant has to shift its iCloud data to the local company’s servers. With this fresh development, Apple may convince Chinese authorities to revoke the decision to store iCloud data locally.
For Apple, quality has always been a trademark, and therefore, BOE has to manufacture high-quality OLED displays to win the deal.
BOE has shown its mettle in manufacturing LCD displays, which are easier to mass-produce than OLED displays. OLED displays are more difficult to manufacture as the process involves applying tiny organic materials.
Even Samsung had to face a lot of difficulties to come up with superior quality OLED displays, albeit with a high rate of castoffs. Notably, Samsung is the pioneer in the OLED display.
Samsung was the only supplier of OLED displays for iPhone X. However, Apple found a substitute for Samsung in LG as the latter is to manufacture 2-4 million OLED displays for 2018 iPhones.
Apple has recently faced many setbacks. Globally, China is the biggest market for Apple, and the company can’t afford to lose this market. Of late, Apple has lost its smartphone market share marginally in Brazil. The company is also in the legal wrangle with Aashi Chemical & Solder as the latter has sued Apple for using patented “lead-free solders.” In the current situation, Apple needs to strike good deals with its suppliers to make its products more successful.
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