According to the report from Nikkei Asian Review, Apple is “aggressively testing” China’s BOE OLED screens for the upcoming iPhone 2020. It looks like Apple is considering to cut the costs and reduce its dependency on Samsung display. As if you don’t we know, Samsung is the main supplier of OLED displays for Apple’s products. Apple is conducting this test in the Chengdu plant in Sichuan. Now, the testing is in its final stage. So, if it clears its final stage of testing and meets Apple’s standards then might see BOE’s display on Apple’s 2020 iPhones.
If we talk about Chinese manufacturer BOE, it is the largest producer of liquid crystal screens in the world. It makes liquid crystal displays for Apple’s iPads and MacBooks. Now, it seems that the firm has aimed to expand its BOE OLED Screens panel market. According to the IDTechEx Research reports, the Chinese company has a plan to grow the OLED panel market from 2018’s $25.5 billion to more than $30 billion this year.
At present, Apple outsources the OLED screens from Samsung and LG Display. Samsung currently leads with a share of over 90% of the global OLED display market. This gives American manufacturer a better bargaining power against Samsung. According to the report, BOE OLED Screen could be up to 20% cheaper than Samsung’s. So, if the final testing comes to a fruitful end than it will be the better deal for Apple. And also it will be the first time when Apple purchase iPhone screens from Chinese manufacturers.
Apple will still have to decide whether to use the BOE OLED Screen before the end of this year. Apple’s move is aimed at reducing costs while also reducing its reliance on South Korea manufacturing giant, Samsung Electronics.
BOE’s entry into one of the most demanding smartphone supply chains in the world will mark a major leap in China’s display industry. In the past 10 years, the Chinese display industry has received great support from the state and the public. In recent times, the OLED market has experienced a huge improvement.
Rumors suggest Apple will complete its transition to an all-OLED lineup in 2020, releasing high-end 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch models with OLED displays and a lower-end 6.1-inch model with an OLED display, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.