Apple iPad Mini 3 is Almost Similar to Last Year’s iPad Mini 2

Apart from iPad Air 2, Apple has also introduced iPad Mini 3 with a 7.9 inch 1,536 x 2,048 pixel display. The iPad Mini 3 however doesn’t enjoy the premium feature set, slimness or optical laminations that constitute the main highlighted features its elder sibling iPad Air 2.

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Not much has changes as compared to its predecessor. The new iPad Mini 3 has the same 5MP iSight camera coupled with HD FaceTime camera. The most conspicuous change is addition of Touch ID and Apple Pay. Again because of lack of NFC chips, Apple Pay won’t work with brick and Mortar stores.

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Apple hasn’t upgraded the chipset to A8X. The new iPad Mini will feature the same A7 SoC + M7 motion processor as its predecessor and therefore connectivity options and performance remains same.

India isn’t among the first wave of countries to get iPad Mini 3. It will come in 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB priced at $400, $500 and $600 respectively. LTE variants will retail at $530, $630 and $730 respectively. The new tab is almost similar to last year’s but that is not necessarily a bad thing. We would have liked NFC supported Apple Pay on The new iPad Mini 3 as well.

Update: iPad Mini 3 India prices are as follows

  • iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi 16GB – INR 28,900
  • iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi 64GB – INR 35,900
  • iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi 128GB – INR 42,900
  • iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Data 16GB – INR 38,900
  • iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Data 64GB – INR 45,900
  • iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Data 128GB –  INR 52,900

Key Specs

Model Apple iPad Mini 3 Retina
Display 7.9 Inch
Processor A7 SoC
RAM 1 GB
Internal Storage 16GB/ 64 GB/ 128 GB
OS iOS 8
Camera 5 MP/ 1.3 MP
Battery 10 Hours
Price $399, $499, $599