Apple iPad Mini 3 doesn’t look like it’s worth the upgrade for iPad Mini 2 owners

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Alongside the iPad Air 2, Apple has announced the successor to the iPad Mini with Retina display. Apple iPad Mini 3 was launched yesterday without much excitement, and for a valid reason. Apart from the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, the iPad Mini 3 doesn't come with any new feature on the hardware front.

Apple iPad Mini 3

Apple iPad Mini 3 Specifications

  • 7.9-inch LED-backlit LCD 'Retina' display, 2048 x 1536 pixels, 324 ppi, and Oleophobic coating
  • Apple iOS 8.1 operating system, fingerprint sensor (Touch ID), Apple Pay (MasterCard, VISA, AMEX certified)
  • 1.3GHz dual-core Apple A7 processor, PowerVR G6430 GPU, and 1GB of RAM
  • 16/64/128GB internal storage
  • 5MP primary camera, autofocus lens, and 1080p video recording
  • 1.2MP front-facing secondary camera, 720p video recording, and FaceTime HD video calls
  • Accelerometer, gyro-sensor, compass, and GLONASS A-GPS
  • 4G LTE (depends on variants), dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi Hotspot (cellular variants only) , AirPlay, Bluetooth v4.0, and lightning port
  • 23.8 Watt-Hour Li-Po non-removable battery, stereo loudspeakers, 6.1mm thin, and 437/444 grams
  • Colours: Silver, Space Grey, and Champagne Gold

Apple iPad Mini 3 pricing in India

Wi-Fi Only

Wi-Fi + Cellular

Apple iPad Mini 16GB

Rs 28,900Rs 38,900

Apple iPad Mini 64GB

Rs 35,900Rs 45,900

Apple iPad Mini 128GB

Rs 42,900Rs 52,900

Upgrades over the Apple iPad Mini 2

  • Apple Touch ID fingerprint sensor and Apple Pay (MasterCard, VISA, AMEX certified)

As you can see, apart from the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, there is nothing the iPad Mini 3 offers over the iPad Mini 2. Also, the iPad Mini 2 is retailing for a lower price when compared to the iPad Mini 3. So we would advise not to upgrade to the iPad Mini 3 to the users who already own an iPad Mini 2 unless they are too worried about the data security.

On a related note, retailers in India have already started selling the Apple iPhone 6 and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus in India.

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Computer science engineer turned technology blogger. Following consumer electronics industry closely from 2006, he can now predict pretty much where the market is heading. He has a dream to own Android, Windows Phone and iOS smartphones all at the same time.

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