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Apple puts China's BOE to test for cutting-edge iPhone screens

China's display champion helped by state subsidies to take on Samsung, LG

TAIPEI/BEIJING/SEOUL -- Apple is in the final stages of certifying advanced screens from top Chinese display maker BOE Technology Group for iPhones next year, as the U.S. tech giant attempts to cut costs and reduce its reliance on South Korea's Samsung Electronics.

The iPhone maker is "aggressively testing" BOE's flexible organic light-emitting diode, or OLED, displays, sources told the Nikkei Asian Review, raising the possibility that Apple could source this advanced display technology from China for the first time. Apple will decide by the end of this year whether to take on BOE as a supplier of its single most expensive component, they said. 

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