Even though earlier rumours revealed that Apple has cancelled the iPhone SE 4 due to concerns over its first in-house 5G chip. A new report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple is restarting the development of the iPhone SE with a 6.1-inch OLED display and a custom 5G chip.
Now, a report from The Elec in Korea says that it will use OLED display from China-based BOE instead of Samsung and LG displays present in the current iPhone models with an OLED screen.
It was reported that BOE will supply OLED panels for the iPhone 15 series in 2023, but the new report says that it has missed the initial volume of OLED panels due to challenges in the production of OLED screen with a punch-hole / dynamic island, so these have gone to Samsung and LG instead.
“Since it is a low-end product, it is reasonable for Apple to optimize using parts inventory,” says the report. The price of LTPS OLED for the 6.1-inch iPhone SE4 is currently estimated to be around $40, which is less than half of the LTPO OLED panel used in the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Samsung will still supply OLED panels for all the iPhone 15 series models released this year. LG Display will focus on LTPO models for the Pro with relatively smaller production capacity than Samsung Display, says the report.
It has been confirmed that the iPhone 15 | 15 Plus will have a 60hz hole punch display pic.twitter.com/b1b0aSSUVd
— Anthony (@TheGalox_) March 6, 2023
However, the iPhone 15 and the 15 Plus models are still said to use 60Hz OLED displays instead of 120Hz LTPO panels in the iPhone 15 Pro models. Earlier rumours and renders already revealed that all the models will use Dynamic island.
The iPhone SE 4 with the new OLED screen, thinner bezels and its own 5G modem is expected to release in 2024.