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Customers and employees are shown through Apple's Australian flagship store in Sydney, September 7, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed

By Julia Love

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The iPhone 7 is expected to make its global debut on Wednesday, but many consumers and investors are already setting their sights on Apple Inc’s <AAPL.O> 2017 version of the popular gadget, hoping for more significant advances.

At its annual product launch in San Francisco on Wednesday, the world’s most valuable publicly traded company is expected by blogs and analysts to reveal an iPhone without a headphone jack, paving the way for wireless headphones, a touch-sensitive home button that vibrates, double-lens cameras for the larger ‘Plus’ edition and other incremental improvements.

Apple typically gives its main product, which accounts for more than half of its revenue, a big makeover every other year and the last major redesign was the iPhone 6, in 2014. The modest updates suggest that this cycle will be three years.

“It looks like part of the reason they are keeping the design the same this year is there are bigger changes they are working on for next year,” said analyst Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research.

Sales of the iPhone dropped two quarters in a row this year, the first declines in the history of the device. With many consumers who purchased the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus due for an upgrade, Apple may eke out single-digit gains in sales for the 7, Dawson said.

But some consumer technology sites are advising users to hold off on upgrading until the next year’s version, which will mark the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone.

Analysts say the iPhone 8 may feature a wider display that reaches from one edge of the device to the other and a home button integrated into the screen.

Wall Street is impatient for growth, and Apple will be hard-pressed to reverse the downward trend this year, said Colin Gillis, an analyst with BGC Partners.

“The iPhone 7 runs the risk of disappointing investors,” he said.

Consumers are waiting longer before replacing their phones, a shift that Apple must address in its product roadmap, said analyst Ben Bajarin of Creative Strategies.

Analysts predict the Apple Watch will be the second closely watched feature of the event. Apple is expected to revamp the wearable, released last year, with a faster processor and a GPS chip, enabling users to track runs and other workouts without their phones. Most analysts believe sales of Apple’s watch – which the company has not disclosed – have not yet justified the fanfare.

Starting at $299, well above many other wearables on the market, the most meaningful change Apple can make is a price cut, Bajarin said.

“This category is very price sensitive,” he said. Apple is “not there yet.”

(Reporting by Julia Love; Editing by Bill Rigby)

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Here’s Everything About Huawei’s P40 Series Smartphones

The HUAWEI P40 Pro and HUAWEI P40 Pro+ are equipped with the HUAWEI Quad-curve Overflow Display. The handset maker also unveiled its HUAWEI WATCH GT 2e

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HUAWEI P40 Pro comes with a 50MP Ultra Vision Leica Quad Camera and a HUAWEI Ultra vision sensor, a never seen before 1/1.28-inch CMOS sensor which can capture more light then even before on a Huawei device, facilitating perfect shots in low light conditions. IANS

Huawei Consumer Business Group has unveiled the HUAWEI P40 Pro+, HUAWEI P40 Pro and HUAWEI P40 flagship smartphones featuring cutting-edge design and ground-breaking camera.

HUAWEI P40 Pro comes with a 50MP Ultra Vision Leica Quad Camera and a HUAWEI Ultra vision sensor, a never seen before 1/1.28-inch CMOS sensor which can capture more light then even before on a Huawei device, facilitating perfect shots in low light conditions.

With its front dual camera that includes a 32MP Selfie Camera and a Depth Camera, people can take some stunning selfies with amazing details. The 40MP ultra-wide cine cameras in Huawei P40 has a focal length equivalent to 18mm and 1/1.54 inch sensor supporting 3:2 aspect ratio, which enables users to record movie 4K quality videos.

The camera can support up-to ISO 51200 light sensitivity and enable 7680 fps ultra-slow motion video. The innovative hardware in the P40 Pro synergizes perfectly with the 5th generation image signal processor (ISP) and da-Vinci based Kirin 990 NPU (neural processing unit).

While the 5th Gen Kirin 990 includes hardware support of block-matching 3D filtering (BM 3D), an algorithm facilitating noise reduction in images, the da-Vinci based NPU combines AI capabilities with algorithm to improve image processing. With AIS + OIS triple stabilization and TOF (time of flight sensor) camera, a technology using infrared lights to enhance depth, one is able to create a multi-level Bokeh effect, said the company.

The smartphone houses 4200mAh massive battery, with 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge that charges your phone back up. According to the firm, the Huawei P40 Pro will be available on shelves in Qatar on April 9.

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Huawei Consumer Business Group has unveiled the HUAWEI P40 Pro+, HUAWEI P40 Pro and HUAWEI P40 flagship smartphones featuring cutting-edge design and ground-breaking camera. Wikimedia Commons

“With an outstanding sensor, camera systems that we co-engineered with Leica, powerful chipset and HUAWEI XD Fusion Engine, the HUAWEI P40 Series exemplifies our focus and offers an all-day Super Definition experience to help consumers realise their creative vision,” Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer BG, said in a statement late on Thursday.

The HUAWEI P40 Pro and HUAWEI P40 Pro+ are equipped with the HUAWEI Quad-curve Overflow Display. The handset maker also unveiled its HUAWEI WATCH GT 2e.

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The new smartwatch features 100 workout modes ranging from traditional sports to more trendy forms of exercise. “Like the previous HUAWEI WATCH GT products, the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2e will continue to bring reliable fitness and health management experiences to consumers,” Yu added. (IANS)