A new report out of Korea says Samsung Display will kick off OLED panel production for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 15 lineup a month earlier than planned, due to production issues being experienced by one of Apple’s other OLED panel suppliers.
The Elec report says Samsung will begin manufacturing OLED panels as soon as May, one month ahead of the planned June start date. The move is due to OLED panel producer BOE, which is having issues with light leakage on the display, around the portion of the OLED display where the pill and hole cutouts are allotted for the iPhone 15’s TrueDepth camera and Face ID.
Chinese display producer BOE had been expected to provide some OLED panels for the standard model iPhone 15, but had experienced so many issues, Apple has canceled the order.
iPhone 15 OLED suppliers are reportedly required by Apple to use Edge Light Blocking (ELB), which is a device to designed to prevent light leakage around the camera lens, among other advanced process technologies. Unfortunately for BOE, for whatever reason, this solution has not been successful for the company. An earlier report said BOE “seems to have failed to meet the stringent standards required by Apple.”
The Dynamic Island is a pill-shaped section near the top of the iPhone’s display, surrounding the iPhone’s Face ID sensors and front camera. The feature debuted on and is currently exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, which debuted last September. The feature is expected to expand to the entire iPhone 15 lineup, which will be unveiled later this year.
The Dynamic Island shows important alerts, notifications, and activities, in real-time. The Dynamic Island provides an active state to allow users easier access to controls with just a tap-and-hold. The island also allows background activities, such as Music, Maps, and even times to remain visible and to accept interactions.