Beijing Oriental Electronics (BOE), Apple’s third largest supplier responsible for manufacturing the OLED screens of the latest generation of iPhone, could lose around 30 million orders from the North American company for allegedly having altered some components of the iPhone 13 without authorization in order to pass Apple’s strict quality controls, according to reports from The Verge.
According to the explanations of BOE, recorded by the Korean media The Elec, the incident would have responded to a strategy to reduce the production of defective screens (scenario that the company went through in 2020 with the iPhone 12).
The reasons would also respond to the supplier’s difficulties in being able to acquire display controllers, which in turn have risen in price in the last year due to the limited supply available in the market in the midst of the global shortage of components for electronics devices.
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Despite the fact that the Chinese company sent one of its executives to Cupertino to explain the changes associated with the thin-film transistors in the OLED panels of the iPhone 13, The Verge maintains that Apple would intend to definitively suspend the current related contract with the production of screens for the iPhone 14 and deliver it to LG or Samsung: a company, whose rate of return in the manufacture of this type of screen is around 60%.
The reasons to believe that Apple will cut ties with the Asian supplier have to do with the fact that, to date, and despite BOE’s insistence, the company led by Tim Cook has not approved the production of OLED panels for the new iPhone, nor has requested any orders related to the manufacture of panels of the next iPhone models.
This last aspect is important, since The Elec assures that the other manufacturers will begin the production of display panels in less than a month; that is to say: in June of this year.