ipad mini 3 features

Alongside a new iPad Air, Apple has today unveiled a new version of its iPad mini. But unlike it’s larger sibling, the mini does not receive a performance bump courtesy of the new A8X chip, the 8MP iSight camera or many of the other improvements.

As you can see in the image above, the tablet retains its 7.9-inch display and 5MP iSight camera. On the other hand, it does gain the faster 802.11n with MIMO and a Touch ID-enabled Home button. Apple didn’t mention the name of its processor.

Like last year, the mini announcement felt a bit like an afterthought. After spending 15+ minutes talking about the Air, Phil Schiller said “and we’ve also got an update for the iPad mini,” posted the above slide for a few seconds, and then moved passed it.

ipad mini 3 wifi price

At any rate, if you’re interested, you can pick up the new iPad mini 3 starting at the same price as last year, $399 for the 16GB model. As with iPhones, Apple has dropped the 32GB option, forcing you to choose between 16GB or the more expensive 64GB option.

Like the iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 3 will come in gold, and be available for pre-order beginning tomorrow. Apple is keeping both the iPad mini 2 (with Retina display) and original iPad mini in the lineup, with prices starting at $249 and $299 respectively.

  • Ali

    Is the picture not related? Because that says 5MP iSight camera. Probably still in edit/update mode.

    • Rafael Damasceno

      It is related.

      • Ali

        Strange. Other sites are saying 8MP instead of 5MP.

      • Rafael Damasceno

        They would be incorrect.

      • Ali

        Looked around more blogs, and it appears they made a mistake. Thanks. Would have been nice to have a camera upgrade though.

      • Umut Bilgiç

        Ipad air got the 8mp camera.

      • BoardDWorld

        It’s astonishing, Air2 got everything, the Mini 3 got nothing, last years Mini Retina with Touch ID and Perhaps graphics improvement??? Moments like these I despise Apples tactics.

  • Nice.

  • Ouch, not really an update here. Was hoping for the 8mp camera and faster chip. Not that I needed to upgrade from mini 2 anyway.

  • Rares

    So besides the touch id which I am not gonna use it, what’s new? To me it looks like an ipad mini 2 with touch id

    • Andy Copeland

      Exactly. Might as well get a Mini 2 with the price drop

      • Yes I completely agree as well. there’s nothing different, even going by the specs on apple’s website when compared to mini 2. So if you can live without touch id and have mini 2, might as well stay with it for at least 1 more generation. Unless you want a bigger ipad. I’ll stay with my mini 2 and live without touch id, doesn’t bother me not having it right now.

      • Andy Copeland

        I agree. I have an iPad mini original so I’ll upgrade to the 2. No point in wasting the extra $100.

    • Come to think of it, I think this is their way of avoiding self cannibalization. They’re trying to create product lines with reasons to buy all of them…

  • Jose Gonzalez

    Probably trying to get consumers to opt for the iPad Air 2 for $100 more. I personally think I’m going to try it out myself in store (when available to) and possibly upgrade my Retina Mini to the Air 2. I have insurance with Best Buy so I’m most likely going to damage my mini and just pay the difference for the Air 2.

    What do you guys think? Any thoughts?

    • Ali

      “I’m most likely going to damage my mini and just pay the difference for the Air 2.”… No comments haha.

      • Jose Gonzalez

        You won’t believe how my wife started with the 1st Gen. iPod touch and did this up to the 5th Gen. with no problems, questions or issues. lol

      • Jose Gonzalez

        No comments, just results. Worked like a charm and didn’t pay a cent for it. Well expect for another year of insurance to do it again next year haha. Had the chance to upgrade to the Air 2 but man I just couldn’t get myself to do it. The mini is just the right size.

  • SkyFall

    Wow the iPad Mine 3 has an A7 processor. The only thing they did is to add the Touch ID sensor.

    • Andy

      Apple don’t want you to buy the iPad mini 3, they want you to buy an iPad Air 2. Of course they could have updated the internals to match the Air 2 but they didn’t. Heck, they didn’t even bother adding 802.11ac to the mini 3.

      They’re using a similar tactic with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, intentionally leaving out features on the 6 to convince people to get the more costly 6 Plus.

      • Jason Baroni

        They want you to buy the mini 3 as much as they want you to buy the mini 1. What they offer you to do is to buy the highest model possible, that’s why so many options this year.

      • Andy

        Whatever way you put it, the mini 3 is just an iPad mini 2 with Touch ID. It’s definitely not worth an extra $100.

        I don’t know why they decided to keep the first mini in the lineup since the A5 chip is almost obsolete and makes little sense especially since the mini 2 is such a big leap in performance (costing only $50 than the mini).

      • Jason Baroni

        I agree. I can’t stand the A5 on my iPod touch and that’s why I sold my 1st Gen mini this year. I only see the mini 2 worth for the price it is now, but I would consider to buy the Air instead.

  • Rares

    Apple unveils the iPad mini 2 with Touch ID

  • Beck Hoefling

    Wow the only actual upgrade from the previous mini is touch id. For me that isn’t a feature worth $100. The iPad Air 1 will get you much more for your money and is same price as the Mini3 at $399.

  • mwpitt52

    Get a OnePlus One phone. 5.5 screen for $349.00 and 64 gig. Better than having an iPad mini.

    • Eqwan Syafiq

      I have ipad mini second gen and 64 gb oneplus one. Sure 5. 5 is big. But, 5. 5 is way too small to doing art work or paperwork. So i love and need both of it.

      • Dr_Dash

        Not to mention the app ecosystem for productivity is still pretty much nonexistent on android…

      • Eqwan Syafiq

        Couldnt agree more. But google are trying to change that. Maybe for the next one or two year.

  • Oliver Kulpakko

    I’ll buy the mini 2 instead of mini 3. Touch ID isn’t worth of $100!

  • Umut Bilgiç

    With prices at $299 and $249 respectively**

    The prices are misplaced 🙂

  • rosssimpson

    Anyone know where I can grab that awesome iPad wallpaper?

  • Borsato92

    The iPad mini 3 is just an iPad mini 2 w/ touch id. There is nothing different about it other then the touch id; and they think they can charge an extra $100 for that alone? I just bought the 32GB iPad mini 2 because its probably the best iPad mini at the best price. iPad mini 3 is D.O.A.