Despite its continued agreements with LG and the Chinese BOE, which will also provide Apple with OLED screens for phones, Apple chose its rival, Samsung, to manufacture screens for the latest iPhone 14 phones.
In the years since Apple first produced the first iPhone with this type of screen, Apple has relied entirely on third-party suppliers for advanced OLED screens, and Samsung will have the lion’s share of this supply.
According to information published by the South Korean website The Elec, Apple decided to reduce dependency on the Chinese BOE due to differences between them in the previous generation phones, the iPhone 13, and, in return, increased the dependence on Samsung in manufacturing and supplying OLED screens for its new iPhone 14, despite LG’s ability to meet the same requirements.
A report stated Apple plans to purchase 120 million OLED screens before the beginning of the new year for the iPhone 14 with various options; the basic, the 14 Max, the 14 Pro and the Pro Max.
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Approximately 70% of Samsung’s target was 80 million screens for the US company.
As the report indicated, Samsung wasn’t required to supply this number of screens at the beginning of the Apple agreements, as LG was supposed to provide 6.1-inch basic phone screens and iPhone 14 Pro Max screens, but the company had trouble making Pro screens, according to one of the sources. The increase in orders was due to Max.
The Chinese company BOE will manufacture 6 million units of screens for Apple, and all of them will be for the basic 6.1-inch iPhone 14. LG will manufacture 20 million units of screens for Apple and provide them to the American company.
Additionally, Samsung will produce more than 60 million screens for the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max out of 80 million units, since it sells better than the regular model.
As companies compete to manufacture and supply iPhone 14 screens, Apple is having difficulty completing production. As of early this month, the company’s largest factory in China was closed due to restrictions on battling COVID-19, and now it is facing violent protests due to worker unrest