According to Bloomberg, Apple would consider adding the Chinese manufacturer BOE as a screen supplier OLED for his iPhone’s 2018. The Cupertino company is currently preparing the transition to OLED technology on the iPhone 8, and is thus looking for new partners.
BOE Technology Group is one of the largest screen manufacturers in China. Recently, it has invested about $ 14.5 billion in two factories producing AMOLED panels. Apple has already tested the screens supplied by BOE a few months ago, according to the American magazine. However, discussions are not advanced enough to allow BOE to equip the iPhone 8 this year, which is scheduled for release in September.
BOE, Apple’s main supplier in China?
If Apple and BOE reach an agreement, the Chinese manufacturer could become the first OLED supplier of the Californian brand outside of South Korea and Japan. Last November, Apple’s current partners (Samsung, LG, Sharp and Japan Display) were unable to meet demand for this year’s iPhones.
One of the two new BOE factories will open this summer, while the other will only be operational in a few years. When the 2 sites reach their full capacity, the Chinese manufacturer could produce 1.6 million m² of flexible glass per month.