The screen of this year’s iPhone X could be made by a company with strong ties to the Chinese government, it has emerged.
BOE Technology Group already makes LCD screens for Apple’s iPads and MacBook laptops, but now the China-based company investigating manufacturing OLED displays of the kind used in the iPhone X.
At present, Samsung is the sole manufacturer of the iPhone X’s OLED screen. But Apple could create a contract with a competing company like BOE to bring the cost down.
There could be some political fallout from the move. According to the Wall Street Journal, BOE is a company that is “controlled by the Beijing city government and whose biggest shareholders are state-linked companies”.
However, in order to win the contract, it will have to convince Apple that it is up to the task.
OLED screens are notoriously tricky to produce, especially ones capable of bending back on themselves in order to create the edge-to-edge look that’s become one of the iPhone X’s defining features.
The new iPhones are set to be unveiled sometime in September.
Wall Street Journal, via Cult of Mac