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Apple iPad Mini 3 isn’t a mini version of iPad Air 2

The new Apple iPad Mini 3 is a refreshed smaller tablet which includes the Touch ID sensor introduced in the iPhone 5s. Apart from the latest addition the device features a 7.9-inch retina display, 2 inches lesser than the display of the iPad Air 2.apple-ipad-mini-3

The iPad Mini 3 features the same thickness, processor and weight of the predecessor iPad Mini 2. The internal storage has been increased and new gold color options are offered in the new iPad Mini 3. The device features the latest version of the iOS and the new Apple pay feature for making mobile payments using NFC and credit card information. Apple also looks forward to use the color variant for promoting the mini tablets as more users are opting for phablets.

The fact that the iPad Mini3 was given less importance during the Oct. 16 event was due to the lack of any major additions or upgrades to the device. Phil Schiller, marketing head went on to talk about the tablet for only two minutes for explaining the pricing and details before moving on to another topic. The 7.9-inch Retina display has a resolution of 2048×1536, a 5MP rear-camera, 1,2 MP Facetime HD camera and is powered by 64-bit A7 processor.

The laucnh event in Cupertino, Calif. left many unimpressed with the Mini as Van Baker, a Gartner analyst saying that he was impressed only with the 5K Retina display on new iMac and the improvements on the iPad. The Wi-Fi only 16GB model is priced at $399 and a $100 increase as the storage increases in other models. The high-end variant with cellular connectivity is priced at $729.

Apple iPad Air 2; Tops Features You should Know:


The iPad Air 2 runs on the latest iOS, features a Touch ID  scanner and includes continuity features for answering text messages and calls on the device. The new iPad is 18 percent thinner from the original iPad, more lighter and features the 9.7-inch display. Though the display is similar to the predecessor, there is an increase in sharpness as the company has bonded the LCD panel, glass and touch sensor to prevent air gaps. This makes the output sit on top of the display and reducing the thickness.

Apple’s new A8X processor in the tablet is more powerful than the A8 processor in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and the company claims that it provides a 40 percent performance boost. This also increases the efficiency of the CPU and increases battery life. The 4G variant of the device is capable of providing fast internet speed which is 50 percent faster than the original iPad. Learn more about Apple iPad Air 2.

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  1. Wayne Prince-Davis

    no the mini 3 is not a smaller version of the Air 2. It has an inferior camera and processor and lacks things that relate to those two features.

  2. THE CPU is different: iPad mini 3 has an older and slower A7, while iPad Air 2 has A8X.

  3. This article is inaccurate and misleading. The ONLY differences between the iPad mini 2 and the iPad mini 3 is the fingerprint sensor and the additional color. None of the other hardware enhancements in the iPad air 2.

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