24 March 2020
Apple has been relying on Samsung and LG for iPhone display panels for quite a long time but that does not stop other suppliers from trying their luck. BOE is one such Chinese display panel maker that has been trying to get Apple's attention for a few years and this year is no different. A new Digitimes report has claimed that BOE is interested in being an OLED display supplier for at least the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 model.
The upcoming iPhone 12 series is rumored to feature four models: one 5.4-inch, two 6.1-inch, and one 6.7-inch. Apple has followed the trend of using IPS LCD and OLED panels depending on the price bracket but going forward, it is tipped to use OLED panels on all the iPhone models. This is what has caught BOE's attention and is said to be working on achieving the goal.
The report adds that BOE has collaborated with General Interface Solutions (GIS) for making a bid. The latter is known for manufacturing touch panels for displays which is a crucial component for touchscreen displays. It is worth noting that the report does not make it clear whether Apple has already accepted the proposal or the duo are still working on submitting one.
The 5.4-inch iPhone 12 model is likely to be an interesting variant. It will be the first iPhone model to offer OLED display despite being the cheapest in the family. Some reports suggest it will also be 5G compatible but a few reports have also contradicted this claim. Nevertheless, we should hear more about this affordable iPhone model in the future.