LG was set to supply OLED panels to Apple for the iPhone sequels and while that deal is still in motion, it looks like it wont take over from Samsung as the primary supplier. The latest rumors claims that Chinas BOE will have that honor. But the deal is yet to be finalized.
First, the company will have to prove it can produce OLED panels to Apples strict specifications and at the required volumes. BOEs Senior Vice President claims that the Chengdu factory is already at a 70% yield, which experts say is close to what the company will need for mass production.
Still, if an agreement is made, we will see iPhones with BOE-supplied OLED screens in 2020 at the earliest (according to an insider). In the meantime, Apple will source the screens mostly from Samsung with a small participation by LG, claim people in the know.
BOE already supplies LCD panels for iPads and MacBooks, so it has experience working with Apple. Not to mention that it is the #1 supplier of large LCDs in the world.
The benefits of the deal will go two ways. Apple wants to lower costs (and Samsungs dominant position in the OLED makes for tough negotiations). China wants to compete with South Korea and Japan in display production (and getting Apples approval is seen as a testament to quality).