Although there were recent rumours of BOE no longer supplying OLED displays for Apple’s latest iPhone 14 series, it seems that the latest news indicates that Apple will still be ordering OLED displays for its iPhone 14 series from the 3 same companies who supplied the iPhone 13 series OLEDs last year, which are respectively BOE, Samsung and LG Display.
The news comes from market research agency Omdia (via ITHome), which recently reported that Apple’s iPhone 14 series will be equipped with the latest LTPS and LTPO OLEDs manufactured by BOE, Samsung and LG Display.
According to the report, Samsung will be the largest supplier of OLEDs for Apple this year, as it will supply the displays of the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max and iPhone 13 for the Cupertino tech giant in 2022.
Meanwhile, LG will be supplying OLEDs for the standard iPhone 13, iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro Max, while BOE will be only supplying the OLEDs for the standard iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 for Apple in 2022.
The report also mentions several key screen details of the iPhone 14 series. The iPhone 14 and 14 Plus will be equipped with LTPS OLED panels which seem to hint that the iPhone 14 does have higher refresh rates than the previous generation, but refresh rates may not be variable as LTPO panels. Design-wise, the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus will still have the iconic notch on top like the iPhone 13 series.
Meanwhile, the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max will feature LTPO OLED panels, which is the same as the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max, but the major difference here is that Apple will be using a two-hole cutout housing the selfie camera and the Face ID module on the display, instead of the notch.
As for forecasts, in the report, Omdia notes that Apple could be developing a new technology that allows the Face ID facial recognition module to be under the screen by 2024, and by then the two-hole cutout can be minimised to a one-hole cutout. As for the iPhone 15 series, India expects Apple to fully integrate the two-hole cutout design into all its iPhone 15 devices which include the standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus.
Lastly, Omdia forecasts that Apple will be ordering 205 million LTPS and LTPO OLED displays from its suppliers in 2022, and the breakdown of the shipments are that Samsung will hold 60% of display shipments to Apple, LG Display 25% and BOE 15%. Gizmochina