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Apple supplier BOE is having issues producing the OLED panels that are used in iPhones due to the ongoing global chip shortage, reports The Elec. The shortage will impact production "this month and next month," according to the site's sources.

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BOE gets its display driver ICs for Apple's iPhone display panels from LX Semicon, but LX Semicon's production is falling short of the target goal. Because of a lack of production capacity from foundries, LX Semicon is apparently supplying display driver ICs to LG Display before BOE.

As a result, BOE is expected to drop its OLED panel production volume from three million units to two million units next month. Apple has reportedly ordered up to 10 million OLED panel units from BOE for the first half of 2022, and it is unclear if the shortage will impact iPhone supplies.

The iPhone 13 and 13 Pro models were in short supply following their launch last September, but as of now, both devices are in stock and available for next-day delivery in most places.

Article Link: Apple Supplier BOE Facing iPhone Display Production Issues Due to Chip Shortages
 
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mannyvel

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"Because of a lack of production capacity from foundries, LX Semicon is apparently supplying display driver ICs to LG Display before BOE."

Coming soon: big truckfuls of fruity dollars.
 

syklee26

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Yet another suuply issues coming from BOE… I just don’t understand why Apple keeps going to them. It is not like BOE’s products are high yield high quality. In efforts to pinch every penny, they continue to live with supply uncertainties.

This is what I hate about Tim Cook regime. If customers are willing to pay premium for Apple products, at least build them with top of the line manufacturers. Don’t make products with crappy parts and claim every September that this is the best iPhone yet.
 

R3k

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Yet another suuply issues coming from BOE… I just don’t understand why Apple keeps going to them. It is not like BOE’s products are high yield high quality. In efforts to pinch every penny, they continue to live with supply uncertainties.

This is what I hate about Tim Cook regime. If customers are willing to pay premium for Apple products, at least build them with top of the line manufacturers. Don’t make products with crappy parts and claim every September that this is the best iPhone yet.
I think Apple have the quality control thing down fine.
 

goobot

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This won’t affect much, the chip supply is just going to lg instead which is where Apple gets most of their displays anyway. Apple is only going to boe to drive competition so they can pay the least for the displays while charging the most possible for their devices.
 

sw1tcher

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Yet another suuply issues coming from BOE… I just don’t understand why Apple keeps going to them. It is not like BOE’s products are high yield high quality. In efforts to pinch every penny, they continue to live with supply uncertainties.

This is what I hate about Tim Cook regime. If customers are willing to pay premium for Apple products, at least build them with top of the line manufacturers. Don’t make products with crappy parts and claim every September that this is the best iPhone yet.
No $99 million for you, Tim Cook! ?
 

Relentless Power

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Yet another suuply issues coming from BOE… I just don’t understand why Apple keeps going to them.
It seems, Because they can save the most with BOE displays. To further that, I would be curious to see cost figures side-by-side with LG, and what iPhone model panels is specific to them.
 
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Yet another suuply issues coming from BOE… I just don’t understand why Apple keeps going to them. It is not like BOE’s products are high yield high quality. In efforts to pinch every penny, they continue to live with supply uncertainties.

This is what I hate about Tim Cook regime. If customers are willing to pay premium for Apple products, at least build them with top of the line manufacturers. Don’t make products with crappy parts and claim every September that this is the best iPhone yet.
Exactly.

I want to buy an iPhone 13 mini, but I’d like to wait until September to get it cheaper. However, I am worried that parts quality might be affected by reducing costs, so I’m really considering buying it as soon as next month, or in April. I could wait until September and get a better price at the Apple Store, but I really don’t know if the device’s quality will be affected.
 

GeoStructural

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Apple was using Samsung and LG OLED panels in iPhones, why did they cheap out and went to budget Chinese display company BOE??

You said it, they "cheap out". It's all about where savings meet decent quality for Apple these days. Samsung was a superior manufacturer, but they kept fining Apple for not purchasing the set quota of panels.
 
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Danfango

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Apple was using Samsung and LG OLED panels in iPhones, why did they cheap out and went to budget Chinese display company BOE??
BOE aren’t exactly budget end. They’re one of the larger industrial display manufacturers out there and bought up nearly all the other ones. They also have one of the largest innovation and research capability.

On top of that they’re Chinese which means it’s easier to do integration and supply chain management where your product is assembled.

I suspect the problem here is it’s very difficult to scale up to the level required for Apple’s supply chain.

Also Apple don’t want to depend on Samsung who is one of their main competitors. Especially when they sit there slating the products you’re selling using their own parts. They already migrated to TSMC from Samsung for ICs.
 

Lexdexia

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It’s a fact they lowered quality control standards in order to increase production. I bought two iPhone 13 Pro Max(s) and compared the OLED panel quality side by side, difference is night and day. You’re paying for the same price for both but what you’re getting is not the same value since one has an objectively worse screen than the other.
 
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szw-mapple fan

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Yet another suuply issues coming from BOE… I just don’t understand why Apple keeps going to them. It is not like BOE’s products are high yield high quality. In efforts to pinch every penny, they continue to live with supply uncertainties.

This is what I hate about Tim Cook regime. If customers are willing to pay premium for Apple products, at least build them with top of the line manufacturers. Don’t make products with crappy parts and claim every September that this is the best iPhone yet.
And what has led you to believe that Apple is using parts that are sub-par? There has been no widespread complaints about iPhone 13 displays, and at this point there should be a pretty significant number of units with BOE displays out there.
 

szw-mapple fan

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It’s a fact they lowered quality control standards in order to increase production. I bought two iPhone 13 Pro Max(s) and compared the OLED panel quality side by side, difference is night and day. You’re paying for the same price for both but what you’re getting is not the same value since one has an objectively worse screen than the other.
And you know that one of those was a BOE because...? I've seen many displays in the same product that has color variance even from the same part supplier over the years.
 

Mescagnus

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Apple was using Samsung and LG OLED panels in iPhones, why did they cheap out and went to budget Chinese display company BOE??

Because they wish to entertain iPhone customers with panel lottery :p

Maybe not display manufacturer related, but they still have no fix for the raised / fluctuating blacks issue on iPhone 12 Pro. I get to enjoy the pumping blacks most nights. I won the lottery!

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Lexdexia

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And you know that one of those was a BOE because...? I've seen many displays in the same product that has color variance even from the same part supplier over the years.
I don’t know, what I do know is Apple lowered quality control and no two phones have the same standard of quality despite costing the same price.
 
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