According to a South Korean publication the electrSamsung Display will start producing OLED panels for the iPhone 15 in May, a month ahead of schedule. The fact is that another supplier – the Chinese BOE, which received an order to produce panels for “classic” iPhones – is not yet able to provide the required quality of their products.
The OLED panels set to feature on the standard iPhone 15 are nearly identical to those used in the iPhone 14 today – except that the new version uses a circular camera cutout instead of the usual notch. The problem is that BOE can’t handle light leaking through this cutout and missed the chance to be one of Apple’s first suppliers for the iPhone 15. They block the light source well, which affects the operation of the camera and sensors impaired.
The use of Samsung display products for the iPhone 15 had already been considered, but now the date has been postponed due to the failure of BOE. As planned, Samsung will start producing panels for more expensive versions of the iPhone 15 in June. The standard display models for the iPhone 15 are known to use LTPS-TFT technology, while the Pro and Max variants use LTPO-TFT. Meanwhile, LTPO TFT for iPhone 15 for LG’s Pro and Max models will also be launched in June.
Just because Samsung Display starts production earlier doesn’t mean BOE won’t cooperate. According to sources at The Elec, the company is addressing the light leak issue and could start shipping the iPhone 15 within a year.