Tablet Wars Heat Up As The Holiday Season Approaches

CBS Philly

By Ian Bush

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The tablet wars are heating up this week as Microsoft’s second-generation Surface and other Windows-based devices are set to appear in stores, and there’s an announcement from Apple expected tomorrow.

Another new iPad is expected to enter the market as the landscape of the market continues to change.

The full-size version of Apple’s flagship tablet hasn’t seen a major update since it got the ultra-high-resolution “Retina” display a year and a half ago.

“We’re going to see some big changes there,” says Rhoda Alexander, the top tablet market analyst for market research firm IHS.  “What we expect to see with that product is a much thinner, lighter version, taking in a lot of design elements that Apple did when they did the iPad Mini.”

The refreshed 9.7″ iPad likely also will be outfitted with the same fingerprint reader and quick processor as the just-released…

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