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With Apple as a US co, USA doesn’t need enemies

In China on 24/08/2019 at 11:33 am

The US-China tech war is all about “decoupling”. But Apple is sourcing its iPhone screens from a Chinese state-owned enterprise, according to the Nikkei Asian Review.

Apple is about to decide on whether to add BOE Technology Group, a leading display maker, to its next iPhone procurement list. If BOE passes the test, their organic light emitting displays, or OLED, will be used in two iPhone models to be released next year. If BOE gets the contract, it will mark a breakthrough for China’s industry.

BOE, which supplies the screens for Huawei’s latest phones, is an emerging industry leader. So from this perspective, Apple’s consideration is rational. But political imperatives could intervene as the US ramps up commercial pressure on China to contain its advances in high-tech.

If Apple chooses BOE’s screens, it could begin to challenge Samsung’s supremacy in the display sector. However, the Chinese company remains vulnerable to a potential clampdown from Washington, possibly restricting supplies of crucial materials from US companies such as Corning, 3M and Applied Materials.

Btw, Trump gave Apple the finger when it  asked him for exemption for some products. He told them to make them in the USA.

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