To meet Apple’s supply requirements, the firm will build a Gen 8.6 OLED display panel production line at its B16 factory in Sichuan Province, China, says The Elec. The new production line is reportedly expected to open toward the end of 2024.
BOE Technology plans to compete with South Korea’s Samsung Display and LG Display in supplying Apple with OLED panels for iPads and MacBooks.
Samsung and LG are reportedly using Gen 6 production lines to produce their first iPad OLED panels, but expect to use Gen 8.5 production lines for future Apple devices set to debut after the launch of the first iPad model with an OLED display. Gen 8.5 production lines yield more OLED panels per substrate than Gen 6 lines, making it more cost-effective.
BOE is also testing two-stack tandem OLED technology, which can offer increased brightness and longevity.