Apple has already rolled out OLED displays for the iPhone and Apple Watch, and now a new report suggests it’s considering giving its upcoming iPad and MacBook lines the same treatment. The Cupertino company is reportedly taking a stake in China’s BOE technology to supply OLED screens for these devices. BOE is reportedly in the planning stages to build a new Gen 8.6 (2,250 x 2,600mm) IT OLED panel production line at its B16 factory in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China.
according to a report by The Elec, BOE plans to build a new line with a production capacity of up to 15,000 glass substrates per month, which is expected to start production by the end of 2024. This is reportedly being supplied by the Chinese display giant Apple’s OLED screens for iPad and MacBook units. BOE is said to be in talks with Japanese company Canon Tokki to develop devices for this new Gen 8.6 production line. Additionally, the company is believed to be testing dual-stack tandem OLED technology at its current factories. In theory, this technology increases display brightness and extends display lifespan, which could make it ideal for use with tablets and PCs.
BOE could be the third company to supply OLED panels to Apple, alongside LG Display and Samsung. It is believed that both LG Display and Samsung will initially use the 6th generation production lines to supply OLED screens for the iPad. However, they are expected to transition to Gen 8.5 production lines after 2024. In particular, the Gen 8 production lines can deliver more OLED screens compared to the Gen 6 lines, which is expected to make them more cost-effective.
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