Apple has sourced the display panels used in their iPhones almost exclusively from Samsung. This is because there aren’t that many OLED producers in the world, or rather, there aren’t that many that will be able to meet Apple’s demand and needs for the number of OLED panels to manufacture.
However, Apple is a company that seems to dislike relying on a single company for anything, which is why it’s not surprising to learn that the company could be planning on expanding its display supply chain for its 2020 iPhones, where a report from Nikkei has suggested that Apple is currently in the process of certifying new OLED panels from BOE from China.
According to the report, in addition to diversifying their suppliers, it seems that sourcing from BOE could be cheaper than sourcing from Samsung, where Apple is estimated to be able to save as much as 20% on their orders. This isn’t the first time that we’re hearing reports that Apple is looking to move away from Samsung as a supplier.
The company is said to have been planning that last year, although whether or not they’ll go through with it remains to be seen. What’s interesting is whether or not there will be differences in terms of quality. This is because we have heard that for 2019’s iPhones, Apple is expected to use displays that are apparently similar to the Galaxy Note 10.