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Despite the iPhone 15 series already being shipped in various markets, Chinese display company BOE is still in the process of getting approval from Apple for OLED panel orders. A recent report suggests that while the giant can no longer supply the iPhone 15 Plus, it still hopes to do it for the standard iPhone 15 model.
The news is no longer a surprise, with previous reports revealing that the company has been facing challenges in meeting Apple’s display standards. According to an earlier report from The Elec, the problem was specifically linked to Dynamic Island’s cutouts, causing Apple to pull its orders:
After BOE handed over all of the iPhone 15 OLED initial shipments to Samsung Display, it is highly likely to miss the rest of the shipments by the end of this year. Apple applies the ’Dynamic Island’ function, which was only applied to the pro lineup in the iPhone 14 series last year, to the lower lineup in the iPhone 15 series this year. BOE is having difficulties in machining the hole display required to implement the dynamic island.
In the end, while the earlier report claimed that BOE “is unlikely to deliver iPhone 15 OLED this year,” the recent news indicates that the company is now awaiting approval for the standard iPhone 15 OLED panels. The panels are currently under review, and the decision will reportedly be given at the end of October.
If true, this will help BOE to recover from its failure in producing the OLED panels for the iPhone 15 Plus, which it was forced to leave after a “huge defect” was spotted. More importantly, the approval should help BOE catch up with its competitors like Samsung and LG, with the former now shouldering the iPhone 15 Plus OLED panel orders from Apple.
The deal will allow BOE to produce up to 5 million panels this year. But, then again, Apple will decide whether this will be pushed.
In related news, BOE is reportedly one of the companies courting Apple for iPhone SE 4 OLED panels. According to the Chinese website ITHome, BOE will dominate the deal by getting the biggest supply orders from Apple. Nonetheless, it also mentioned Tianma, which is also hoping to be the second biggest supplier of AMOLED panels for the fourth-gen iPhone SE.