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Apple’s partnership with China-based BOE has reportedly been confirmed as the supplier of OLED displays for the upcoming fourth-generation iPhone SE, expected to be released in 2024.
The Elec reports that BOE missed the initial volume of OLED panels designated for this year’s iPhone 15 series, as it faced production issues, with Samsung and LG winning the majority of the orders.
Nevertheless, BOE aims to make up for it by focusing on OLED panel production for the low-cost iPhone SE 4, with an estimated volume of 20 million panels in the coming year.
Interestingly, instead of incorporating new specifications, the iPhone SE 4 is expected to use OLED inventory originally intended for 2021’s iPhone 13 or 2022’s iPhone 14, as it is an entry-level product. According to a Korean report, “It makes sense for Apple to optimize by leveraging component inventory“.
Reputable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously shared information on the development of the fourth-generation iPhone SE, which reportedly features a 6.1-inch OLED display and an Apple-designed 5G chip.
Kuo said that the new iPhone SE will be similar to the standard iPhone 14, which features a 6.1-inch OLED display with thinner bezels. It is worth noting that the current iPhone SE is equipped with a 4.7-inch LCD display with thicker bezels.
Display analyst Ross Young also provided information on the iPhone SE 4, stating that it would use an OLED panel from BOE. This claim is consistent with today’s report, confirming BOE’s role as the supplier of OLED panels for the upcoming iPhone SE 4.
The move towards OLED technology for the iPhone SE 4 will be a significant upgrade from the LCD technology used in the current model.
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Furthermore, BOE’s involvement in the production of OLED panels for the iPhone SE 4 will also signal the company’s increased presence in the market, especially as it seeks to overcome the production issues it faced earlier this year.
As always, Apple’s iPhone release cycle generates a lot of buzz among tech enthusiasts, and the iPhone SE 4 is no exception. With the expected launch in 2024, we can only speculate on what other features Apple may add to this budget-friendly device.