When it comes to the shortlist of vendors supplying Apple with custom displays for this year’s iPhone 14 series, Samsung reportedly just found itself the best with its display arm.
According to a report from a South Korean news outlet ETNews (Opens in a new tab), “industry insiders” claim that Apple has formally approached Samsung Display with an order for nearly 80 million screens, to be made available in the third quarter (July-September) of this year; Before iPhone 14It is expected to be launched next September.
System details confirm reports that this year’s crop of devices Won’t host your iPhone 14 Mini (as featured in the past two iPhone generations), with only two display sizes intended to work across four separate models.
Based on the range of devices previously suggested by a reputable infusion company Ming Chi Kuothe iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro will benefit from a 6.1-inch panel, meanwhile, just under half of the total order is dedicated to a larger service iPhone 14 Max And the highest level iPhone 14 Pro Maxand both will have a 6.7-inch screen that Apple seeks to create Best iPhone ever in 2022.
Samsung Display will use two different manufacturing methods for the OLED displays that make up this arrangement: LTPS-TFT and LTPO-TFT, with the latter offering greater power efficiency than the former, and believed to be trending toward the two Pro models in the iPhone 14 family.
The standard iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max will likely use the more modest LTPS-TFT technology, which offers lower screen refresh rates and somewhat lower display quality.
Analysis: competition check
While 80 million units for a single supplier would be a big win for Samsung Display, it’s not a great sign for Apple fans hoping for affordable iPhones this year.
The more manufacturers are able to meet Apple’s requirements and quality standards, the greater the competition, which means lower prices for components, and thus savings that could – in theory – pass on to consumers.
In the past, LG Display, the South Korean company, often backed Samsung in supplying Apple with screens for its iPhones. Recently, a Chinese supplier, BOE Technology, joined the two.
BOE has been doing shows for Apple since iPhone 12Whether or not the California-based company has placed any orders with the BoE for the iPhone 14 is still up in the air, though.
Apple only recently resumed production of iPhone 13 screens with BOE, after it emerged that the Chinese company had cut corners in its manufacturing operations (as it previously reported). 9to5Mac (Opens in a new tab)) to reduce costs, without telling the iPhone maker in advance.
While BOE’s repositioning as an iPhone 13 parts supplier does not guarantee any involvement in iPhone 14 production, according to GSMArena (Opens in a new tab)Apple is reassessing its viability as a potential supplier this week, which could increase competition for total Samsung Display orders and, once again, the possibility of getting an iPhone at a reasonable price.
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