After investigating the display and making design adjustments to its OLED panels, Apple reportedly removed Chinese display maker BOE from the iPhone 13 supply chain. This suspension will not affect the iPhone 13 because Apple collaborates with other screen manufacturers like Samsung and LG.
Apple closes BOE orders due to design changes
According to The Elec, the primary cause of the drop in production was the scarcity of display driver ICs (ICs), as IC supplier LX Semicon prioritized orders from LG Display. According to sources, the most likely cause is that the panel manufacturer changed the design of OLED panels, such as widening the width of the thin-film transistor circuit, and this has been detected by Apple.
BOE manufactures OLED panels for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 at two Chinese factories, accounting for just 10% of all iPhone screens in 2021. However, the company is eyeing strong growth to overtake LG Display in as one of Apple’s main iPhones. display suppliers by 2023.
According to a recent source, Apple has reached an agreement with Chinese display producer BOE for the displays of its standard iPhone 14 model. According to reports, the contract is worth CNY 50 million and includes 25% panels OLED for iPhone 14 models.
LG and Samsung are expected to offer screens for the larger iPhone 14 Max and iPhone Pro pair, while BOE will only supply 6.1-inch panels. BOE has already made replacement versions as well as panels for previous generation iPhones, and this will be the first time it has supplied panels for current generation iPhones.
BOE is reportedly supplying Apple with LTPO OLED panels for high-end versions of the iPhone 15 line in 2023. According to The Elec, the Chinese display maker will manufacture and deliver LTPO OLED panels to the Cupertino-based company next year. BOE wants to increase its ability to produce OLED LTPO panels, which allow variable refresh rate up to 120Hz on the iPhone 15 Pro.
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Apple has once again made its way to breaking news after Apple confirmed that its Indian customers must now add money to their Apple accounts the same way they would with a prepaid card. The money will be withdrawn from their account each month when they renew their subscription, according to The News Minute. New Apple customers will need to enter their banking information when manually creating a new Apple ID during device setup.
Apple stops accepting credit and debit card payments for app purchases and subscriptions in India. Here’s what to do https://t.co/nxOVvFMije
— BLOGSPOTE.IN (@DharmrajParmar5) May 5, 2022
This announcement follows new automatic debit restrictions from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) last year. Due to the new requirements, banks must now obtain customer consent via “Additional Authentication Factors (AFA)” for recurring transactions such as subscriptions. If the transaction is not approved by the AFA, it will be declined.
Under the new laws, Apple must also implement an e-mandate for customer cards. When generating recurring payments, Apple users in India will need to use two-factor authentication and create a new electronic mandate. They would also be required to provide approval for every purchase above Rs 5,000.
Following this news, Apple reminded developers that using a customer’s Apple ID balance is the best method to promote payments through their apps. Developers can also include a billing grace period to give customers time to correct their payment information if they’re unable to complete a transaction.