South Korean tech giant Samsung is set to become the biggest OLED display supplier for the Apple iPhone 14 lineup, the media has reported. Apple has various suppliers that manufacture its iPhones, iPads and other Apple devices. However, Samsung has become the top OLED display provider for the iPhone 14 lineup, says a report by Korean tech publication The Elec.
Samsung Display is supplying more than 70 per cent of the OLED panels that Apple uses for its iPhone 14 series, which is due to the company’s dominant position helped by setbacks of rivals LG Display and BOE, The Elec report added, citing sources.
Apple is likely to use more than 120 million units of OLED displays for iPhone 14 and around 80 million units of that will be supplied by Samsung, while LG Display is likely to supply around 20 million display units and another 6 million units is likely to be provided by China’s display major BOE. Apple’s latest iPhones use low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) thin-film transistor (TFT) OLED for the two lower-end models and low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) TFT OLED panels for the two higher-tier models, The Elec report added.
All four iPhone 14 series models use Samsung Display’s OLED while LG supplies LTPS for the regular 6.1-inch iPhone 14 model and LTPO for the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max model. BOE also provides LTPS for the 6.1-inch regular iPhone 14.
Apple recently added LG as new display supplier
To recall, Apple recently added a new display supplier for its new iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max alongside its old panel supplier Samsung. The new display supplier for iPhone 14 Pro models is another South Korean tech major LG, a report said two weeks ago.
Earlier, South Korean tech giant Samsung was the exclusive supplier of displays for these models, but now LG has split the orders of displays with it for the new iPhone 14 Pro models, says a report by which has started supplying the iPhone maker with OLED displays for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, according to Korean publication ETNews.
It should be noted that this is the first time that LG has become Apple’s LTPO OLED supplier for mass-produced iPhone models. Last year’s iPhone 13 was the first model to have arrived with LTPO OLED screen. It is a technology that can significantly reduce the power consumption of mobile devices, and the technical difficulty of the technology demands a lot.