Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Apple has unveiled the refresh models for its Air and Mini lines, and as the iPad Air 2 an iPad Mini 3 make their way to the electronics store near you, the thought of upgrading your current tablet might have hit you once or twice. If that’s the case, you are definitely in for a treat, but the question really is, which of the two new releases will make a better upgrade for you? One comes with obvious improvements on the hardware side while the other one comes with almost no changes whatsoever on the exterior except for the new TouchID fingerprint scanner. Let’s find out as we take a closer look at both devices.
From a performance point of view, the new iPad Air 2 is by far the device that takes the cake. It is the device you want to direct your attention to if you are mainly interested in your tablet having the best specs and performing the best. The Air 2 features the A8X processing unit which is supposed to provide performance rates 40% higher than the ones offered by previous iPads which came with the A7X processor. The graphics processing capabilities have also improved considerably.
It’s time for the iPad Mini 3 to take the win when it comes to size and how easy the device is to be carried around. Although the iPad Air 2 has a slimmer profile than ever and many find it comfortable enough to be carried around, there is no doubt that the Mini 3 is even more portable. The Mini 3 is what you want if you prefer to sacrifice a potion of the performance rates in the favor of a smaller device that can fit in most bags and is overall easier to transport.
As the iPad Mini 3 comes in the considerably smaller package, it’s a no-brainer that out of the two, it will be the one with the smaller price tag as well. Those looking for a more affordable device will probably consider the Mini 3 more appealing now, but the truth is that the different between the two tablets in terms of price is of only $100, as the iPad Mini 3 comes with a starting price of $299 while the iPad Air 2 comes with a starting price of, well, you guessed, $399.