It was reported last year that BOE is launching a new production plan, and its three factories will be converted into production factories for Apple’s OLED panels. Apple will increase the purchase of BOE’s OLED panels in future iPhone series models. Recent new rumors seem to indicate that Apple’s purchase of BOE’s OLED panels is not limited to iPhone series models, but also other products.
According to The Elec, Apple is testing OLED panels for a future line of iPads. Currently, BOE is providing Apple with 6.1-inch OLED panels, and BOE has recently adjusted its B12 factory in Chongqing, China. The third phase of its production line will not only produce OLED panels suitable for smartphones but also larger-sized products for various devices such as automobiles, tablets, and laptops, with a maximum display area of 15 inches
Compared with the iPhone series models, the iPad series has strict quality standards for display panels. Apple hopes to use a double-stacked OLED panel on the iPad series, which is different from the single-stacked structure used by most smartphones at this stage. At the same time, the brightness is doubled, and the service life will also be four times the original, which means higher requirements.
At present, Samsung is Apple’s main supplier of OLED panels, but it has not yet started the development of this type of panels and even canceled the development of 10-inch OLED panels for the iPad series last year, which was originally intended to use a double-stack structure. LG currently produces this type of panel for use in car screens.
The BOE B12 factory started the first phase of operation in the fourth quarter of last year, the second-phase production line is expected to start in the first half of this year, and the third-phase equipment will be installed in April this year.