China's BOE Seeking to Become OLED Panel Supplier to Apple

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    China-based BOE Technology Group is stepping up its bid to become an OLED panel supplier for Apple's future smartphones, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal.

    BOE is the world's top producer of large liquid crystal screens and already makes displays for Apple's iPads and MacBooks, but the firm now has its sights set on the lucrative OLED panel market.

    If Apple and BOE were to agree to a deal, the Chinese manufacturer would become Apple's first OLED supplier outside of South Korea and Japan. Samsung exclusively produces OLED displays for the current iPhone X, but Apple is in the process of opening up to LG, Sharp and Japan Display.

    Apple has considered using BOE as an OLED supplier before. In February 2017, Bloomberg reported that Apple had been testing BOE's OLED displays for months, but that it hadn't decided whether to add the company as a supplier.

    One of the reasons for the delay may have been down to the OLED panel manufacturing process, which is much more difficult than making liquid crystal displays. If so, BOE will need to do more to convince Apple that it can produce large numbers of OLED panels while maintaining the highest quality controls.
    BOE is one of China's largest display makers, recently spending about $14.5 billion on two AMOLED factories. One of the new factories opened last summer, while another will open a couple years later. When they're up to full capacity, BOE says they'll be able to produce 1.6 million square-meters of flexible glass substrates (surfaces that displays are carved out of) a month.

    Article Link: China's BOE Seeking to Become OLED Panel Supplier to Apple
  2. TimmeyCook Suspended


    Jun 20, 2018
    This doesn’t BOdE well for the Koreans...
  3. iKrivetko macrumors 6502a

    May 28, 2010
    The real question is when are we going to see them on laptops.
  4. TimmeyCook Suspended


    Jun 20, 2018
    Probably never.

    OLED is not suited for displays that can show static images for a long time. You don’t want a permanent dock or a permanent menu bar, etc.

    Laptops should jump to micro LED directly.
  5. FelixDerKater Contributor


    Apr 12, 2002
    Nirgendwo in Amerika
    The wording of this headline is significantly better than another site, which said BOE was “targeting” Apple.
  6. patent10021 macrumors 68030


    Apr 23, 2004
    Wow, China is everywhere now.

    Now they now the Bank of England.

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