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iPhone 14 screen reprieve for Chinese company BOE after cheating incident

Added 07-06-22 09:31:01am EST - “Chinese display manufacturer BOE has been given the go-ahead for iPhone 14 screen production, despite having been caught cheating by Apple. The company changed the specs of the displays it was making for the iPhone 13, but this was…” - 9to5mac.com

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Chinese display manufacturer BOE has been given the go-ahead for iPhone 14 screen production, despite having been caught cheating by Apple.

The company changed the specs of the displays it was making for the iPhone 13, but this was detected by the Cupertino company – which ordered BOE to cease production. Apple’s reason for the change of heart may be a cynical one …

Apple has always liked to have multiple suppliers for as many components as possible. This is partly for risk management: If one supplier has a problem, Apple can ask others to ramp up production to fill the gap. But it’s also to give the company even more power when it comes to price negotiations – it can threaten to transfer orders to a rival if a supplier won’t come down to the desired price.

Samsung Display has the most sophisticated OLED manufacturing capabilities, which is why it has sometimes been the sole supplier for certain iPhone screens. Fellow Korean company LG has long been Apple’s secondary supplier.

BOE has for years been a third supplier of displays for Apple’s older LCD iPhones, but only started making OLED panels for Apple as of the iPhone 12. It was on track to pick up orders for 30-40M iPhones this year.

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