The iPad Mini 3 was unveiled by Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior VP of marketing, at an event organized in Cupertino. This is the third generation mini tablet, but Schiller didn’t go in detail about its hardware changes because there aren’t too many. That’s why he changed the subject quickly.
But here’s what we can tell you about the new iPad mini 3 and we’ll put it side by side with its predecessor, to observe the differences. In 2013, when the iPad Mini with Retina Display was released, it had the same success as the iPad Air, even if it has a smaller screen. Having the same configuration as the bigger sized iPad, helped the Mini 2 version become very popular, beating its predecessor in terms of number of pixels on the screen, plus amount of RAM.
The mini 3 isn’t a big step as it features the same screen size – 7.9inches with the same resolution of 1536x2048pixels and pixel density – 324ppi. Even the dimensions are identical – 200×134.7×7.5mm, and not to mention the same weights of 331grams (WiFi) and 341grams (3G/LTE). In addition, the Mini 3 has the fingerprint sensor, if this matters a lot to you. The RAM capacity is still 1GB, and Apple removed the 32GB variant of internal storage, remaining only 16, 64 and 128GB, while the microSD card slot is still missing.
Processor and OS
No, still no changes in this area, as both models are powered by the same 64-bit Apple A7 Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone processor with M7 co-processor, and they’re using a PowerVR G6430 GPU. The difference is that the Mini 2 came with iOS 7, it suffered an upgrade to iOS 7.1.2 and now it runs on iOS 8.1, while the Mini 3 already comes installed with iOS 8.1 on it.
We wish we could say that the cameras on the Mini 3 have been improved, but they’re still 5MP and 1.2MP, and have the same features that include autofocus, touch focus, HDR photo, geo tagging etc.
You guessed it right, the battery son the Mini 3 has the same duration of life time, offering 10 hours of multimedia usage.
The Mini 2’s price dropped with 100 dollars, now costing 299 dollars, but if you really need the Touch ID feature, you’ll have to pay 100 dollars in addition.
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