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BOE is alleged to have changed the circuit width of the thin film transistors (TFT) on its iPhone 13, and was caught by Apple in February 2022. Apple halted production and now BOE is reportedly at risk of losing all the orders it was due to get for the iPhone 14.
According to The Elec, unspecified sources say that BOE sent a C-level executive — so possibly the Chief Technology Officer, or perhaps even the Chief Executive Officer — to Apple’s headquarters. He or she, plus an unknown number of employees, presented their case for why they had changed the design.
The Elec estimates that BOE would have received 30 million orders if it were not for this incident. It believes that Apple is now more likely to place the orders between Samsung Display and LG Display instead.
However, production on the iPhone 14 screens is not expected to begin until June at the earliest.