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Should You Upgrade to iPad Mini 3?

The latest iPad from Apple is the iPad Mini 3.

It is one of the cheapest iPads Apple has produced. There are a few improvements in the iPad Mini 3, but are they enough for you to upgrade from an iPad Mini 2? Well, we’ll let you decide. What we can help you with is to break down the specs and features for you, so you can make an informed decision.

Design and Display

Identical twins is the apt term we can use, to describe the iPad Mini 2 and the iPad Mini 3. Virtually nothing has changed in the display department. The tablet retains the same size, 7.7 inches, same dimensions; 200 x 135 x 7.5 and the same weight; 331 grams for Wi-Fi and 341 grams for cellular model. The only new tweak is in the color section, where Apple has added the gold option to the existing space gray and silver. Another addition is the Touch ID, placed under the home button. We mentioned that the screen size stays the same at 7.7 inches, but the resolution also doesn’t get any improvements. Apple still uses the 2048 x 1536 pixels Retina display. It does look superb, but some fans were expecting a bump in the resolution/density department.

Hardware and Operating System

There are no improvements in this area as well. The iPad Mini 3 uses the same A7 chipset, dual core processor expected to run at maximum speed of 1.3 GHz and come with the support of 1 GB RAM. While the processor is no slouch, and users can expect great speed, the problem is it is the same as a one year old model. On board memory storage options for the iPad Mini 3 include 16, 64 and 128 GB versions. The storage bump is one of the few improvements Apple has made for the new version of the iPad Mini. The tablet runs on the latest iOS 8.

Camera

We hate to repeat ourselves, but nothing new can be said about the camera of the iPad Mini 3. It is still the same 5-MP shooter on the back and the 1.2-MP sensor on the front of the device. It is equally true that the camera application too doesn’t include any new features, such as, burst mode or slow motion recording. The maximum you can get is 720p videos and 2592 x 1944 pixels pictures.

Battery

There still haven’t been any information regarding battery life and capacity of the iPad Mini 3. Some sources suggest a lifespan of approximately 10 hours, which has become the trend and the sweet spot for Apple’s devices lately. The battery is almost certain to be a non removable one.

Price

With a price of just $299, Apple is hoping to achieve great sales with the iPad Mini 3. It is, after all, one of the cheapest iPad versions. And in this economy and market for tablets, where they are losing in popularity, a cheap version of the iPad might be what it takes to bump revenue. So, to answer the title question, if you own an iPad Mini 2, it is probably best for you to stick to it. But if you do not own an iPad, the Mini 3 is a valuable option.

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