When it comes to the shortlist of vendors supplying Apple with displays intended for this year’s iPhone 14 series, Samsung was reportedly just the top choice via its display arm.
According to a report by the South Korean news publication ETNews (opens in a new tab)“Industry insiders” claim that Apple has formally approached Samsung Display with an order for approximately 80 million displays, to be supplied in the third quarter (July-September) of this year; ahead of the iPhone 14Its launch is expected this September.
The details of the order corroborate reports that this year’s crop of devices will not host an iPhone 14 mini (as featured on the last two iPhone generations), with just two screen sizes meant to serve four discrete models.
Based on device lineup previously suggested by reputable leaker Ming Chi Kuothe iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro will use a 6.1-inch panel, while just under half of the total order is for the larger, higher-end iPhone 14 Max. iPhone 14 ProMaxwhich will have a 6.7-inch screen, as Apple seeks to create it best iphone sometime in 2022.
Samsung Display will use two different manufacturing methods for the OLED screens that make up this order: LTPS-TFT and LTPO-TFT, with the latter offering higher power efficiency than the former, and is believed to be targeting the company’s two Pro models. iPhone 14 family. .
The standard iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max are likely to use a more modest LTPS-TFT technology, which offers lower screen refresh rates and slightly lower screen quality.
Analysis: projection of the competition
While 80 million units from a single vendor would mark a big win for Samsung Display, it’s not a great sign for Apple fans hoping for more affordable iPhones this year.
The more manufacturers that are able to meet Apple’s demands and quality standards, the more competition there will be, which means lower component prices and, in turn, savings that can, in theory, be passed on to consumers.
In the past, South Korean manufacturer LG Display has often supported Samsung in providing Apple with displays for its iPhones. More recently, however, the two have been joined by Chinese supplier BOE Technology.
BOE has been making screens for Apple since the iPhone 12although it is still up in the air whether or not the California-based company places any orders with BOE for the iPhone 14.
Apple recently resumed production of iPhone 13 displays with BOE, after it was discovered that the Chinese company had cut costs in its manufacturing processes (as reported by 9to5Mac (opens in a new tab)) to reduce costs, without notifying the iPhone manufacturer in advance.
While BOE’s reinstated position as a parts supplier for the iPhone 13 does not guarantee any involvement in the production of the iPhone 14, according to GSMArena (opens in a new tab)Apple is reassessing its validity as a potential supplier this week, which could lead to more competition for total Samsung Display orders and again the potential for a more affordable iPhone.