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Tech giant Apple plans to use different grades of OLED panels for the upcoming iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, according to a media report.
According to TheElec, Samsung Display will use different classes of materials for the OLED panels it makes for the upcoming iPhone 14 series depending on the model levels.
It will use its latest and most advanced set of materials for the higher-end iPhone 14 models, while it will use the previous-generation set for the lower-end models. This step is done to save costs.
Samsung Display will supply OLED panels for all four models of the iPhone 14 series; Rival LG Display will supply two models, citing sources, the report said.
The set of OLED materials includes the dopant, host, primary, and others used to create the red, green, and blue pixels.
Samsung Display calls its material sets used on Samsung Galaxy phones and Apple iPhones the M series.
The South Korean display maker used its LT kits in 2017 for Apple’s first OLED iPhone, the iPhone X, and in 2018, the iPhone XS. However, starting in 2019, it started using its M series for panels supplied for Galaxy smartphones and iPhones.
Samsung Display will use its M11 set of materials for the standard 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch models of the iPhone 14 series.
These phones will have thin-film transistor (TFT) low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) OLED panels, which are less advanced than the low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) TFT OLED panels used in higher-end models.
The two higher-end models in the iPhone 14 lineup will use the Samsung Display M12 set of materials.
The same set of OLED materials is used for the OLED panels on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 foldable phones.