Apple has purchased OLED panels from Samsung since 2017, but the Cupertino company now intends to reduce its dependence on the Korean company. According to display industry expert Ross Young, who is seldom wrong with his forecasts, just one iPhone 14 series model will solely contain a Samsung-made display.
Samsung is a dominant player in smartphones screens, but some other players are getting closer. For the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, the business was the sole provider of low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) thin-film transistor (TFT) OLED panels, while LG and BOE produced panels for the iPhone 13 and 13 mini.
This year, Samsung will reportedly be the only provider of the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro, with orders for the 6.7-inch Pro Max shared among Samsung and LG.
Reportedly, BOE secured 20 to 25 percent of orders for the 6.1-inch iPhone 14, with the balance and orders for the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max’s panels, being split between LG and Samsung. Despite LG’s lack of expertise in making LTPO smartphone panels and its lower capacity than Samsung, Apple is reportedly planning to ask LG to produce screens for only one Pro model.
LTPO panels are essential for enabling a dynamic refresh rate, and the current speculation is that standard versions will only offer a 60Hz refresh rate. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are expected to forego the signature notch in favor of pill and hole cuts.
These phones are also predicted to include a new primary sensor, perhaps making them the greatest camera phone of 2022 and a processor built on a more advanced production node than the 5nm A15 Bionic from last year. The normal and Max versions may just be minor enhancements, although they may have more base RAM than the present selection.