Three months ahead of the expected launch, Apple will evaluate samples of iPhone 14 OLED panels this week. These samples are made by Chinese supplier BOE – one of the three display suppliers for Apple.
The Elec reported on Monday that the Cupertino-based giant will start evaluating BOE’s sample panels this week to decide whether to approve mass production. Apple is planning to start mass production of the next iPhone during the summer months of July and August ahead of the official unveiling in September.
BOE is hoping to receive approval from the iPhone maker next month to begin a mass production process of the standard 6.1″ iPhone 14 model, which is the expected device that the Chinese supplier will be responsible for:
“Apple will start evaluating BOE’s samples of OLED panels aimed for the upcoming iPhone 14 this week, TheElec has learned.
The Chinese display panel maker is hoping to receive approval from the iPhone maker within the month, sources said.
If Apple gives the approval, BOE will start mass production of the panels aimed at the standard model out of the four in the iPhone 14 series, sometime between July and August.”
Apple’s likely display suppliers for the next iPhone lineup will be split between Samsung, LG, and BOE depending on the models:
- iPhone 14 – BOE
- iPhone 14 Max – Samsung Display
- iPhone 14 Pro & Pro Max – Samsung Display & LG Display
Earlier this year, Apple cut ties with BOE following a discovery that the Chinese supplier secretly changed the display design and plummeted its panel volume. However, following executives visiting Cupertino to resolve the conflict, panels were approved once again.
In February, Foxconn, and Luxshare reportedly began production of the upcoming smartphone lineup following finalized design, the former producing the flagship models while the latter taking the lower-end models.
Apple is expected to debut the iPhone 14 lineup this September, other than the refreshed design, the devices could feature a 48MP camera system, 8K video, potentially a full eSIM variant, and 8GB of RAM – the highest ever on any iPhone.