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Apple will debut three iPhones in 2017, according to a top Wall Street analyst.

The new devices will have upgraded camera and display technology, per MacRumor s, citing a new note out from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The Cupertino-based company will release two different sized devices with LCD screens — 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays. The third model will have an OLED screen. Both the 5.5-inch LCD model and the OLED model will have dual cameras.

“Based on this prediction, our forecast of dual camera adoption rate in new 2017F iPhone models is revised up from 30-40 percent to 65-75 percent,” Kuo wrote in the note. “It also bodes well for Apple’s dual camera software ecosystem.”

OLED screens provide a superior contrast ratio and have already launched on competing smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Google Pixel. Apple is currently using OLED technology on the Apple Watch and on the Touch Bar of the new MacBook Pro.

Japanese website Nikkei reported earlier this year that these latest iPhones will also be glass-backed. The report stated the OLED model is expected to have a curved edge-to-edge display.

It remains to be seen if better cameras, flashier screens and glass backing will excite Apple fans. As iPhone prices have shot up, sales have slowed down. The iPhone 7’s suggested retail price starts at $649, which is expensive in the U.S. and nearly unaffordable in emerging markets. Apple sold 45.51 million iPhones in its recent fourth quarter, down 5 percent from the same time period last year. The company said in July that iPhone unit sales were down 8 percent during the third quarter compared with the same period last year.

Still, the company is expecting robust holiday sales. The company delivered a bullish holiday forecast, saying it expected to pull in $76 billion to $79 billion in sales, slightly higher than analyst expectations. The surge will be due, in part, to the failed launch of Samsung’s Note 7, which were recalled due to exploding devices.

Apple recently reported fourth-quarter revenue of $46.9 billion, in line with analyst expectations. The company earned $9 billion in profits, or roughly $1.67 per share — about 2 cents better than expectations. That was down from the same time period last year, when Apple reported revenue of $51.5 billion and $11.1 billion in profits.

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Long-awaited MacBook Pro could include keyboard touch screen for function keys

Sep 29, 2016, 7:20am PDT Updated Sep 29, 2016, 8:16am PDT

Apple is reportedly working on an updated version of the MacBook Pro that could launch as soon as next month.

The new version will have a second, touch-sensitive screen situated above the keyboard, according to MacRumors. The Cupertino-based company plans to have the laptop ready to ship “in the second half of October.”

The touch screen will replace the function keys on current MacBooks. Instead of keys marked F1-F12, there will be a screen that employs Organic Light-Emitting Diodes that will offer functions that apply directly to the user’s task or application. For example, the display would show media controls while iTunes is in use or editing commands while iMovie is open. Apple could add new buttons through software updates.

The upgraded laptop will feature a USB-C port for charging, rather than the MagSafe connection on current MacBooks, per the report. The trackpad will be slightly wider and Apple will also bring the Touch ID fingerprint technology from the iPhone to the Pro line. TouchID will allow users to unlock the device with their fingerprint and easily use Apple Pay for online purchases. The laptops will encrypt fingerprint data so it can’t be hacked.

The company is in development on macOS 10.12.1, which will support the hardware’s new features. Apple will release the updated MacBook in two sizes, a 13-inch and a pricier 15-inch model. Both are expected to be thinner than current-generation MacBook Pros.

The MacBook Pro upgrade comes as the Cupertino-based company is seeing a sharp decline in iPad sales. Apple’s tablet sales were down in the second quarter, shipping 10 million units this quarter compared to 11 million units at the same time last year. However, sales of Macs, including the Pro line, were up 6 percent to $25.5 billion in the last fiscal year.

During the last quarter, Apple said net income was $7.8 billion in the quarter that ended June 25, down from $10.68 billion one year ago. Revenue also declined 14 percent to $42.36 billion compared with $49.6 billion last year.

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