BOE Technology, a Chinese manufacturer, is prepared to offer OLED panels for future iPad and MacBook models, according to The Elec.
BOE will develop an 8.6-generation OLED display production line at its B16 factory in Sichuan Province, China, in anticipation of Apple’s supply requirements.
By the end of 2024, the new production line should be operational. The startup intends to compete with Samsung Display and LG Display of South Korea in selling OLED panels to Apple for future iPad and MacBook models.
Samsung and LG are alleged to have used Gen 6 production lines for their first OLED panels for the iPad before switching to Gen 8.5 for other Apple products. The Gen 8.5 production line provides more backlighting per unit area and is hence more cost-effective than the Gen 6 production line.
BOE is also experimenting with dual-stack parallel OLED technology, which has the potential to improve brightness and longevity. Dual-stack OLED panels are therefore more suited to gadgets like iPads and MacBooks (since they typically last longer than phones).
Apple plans to release the first OLED iPad models in 2024, according to Elec.