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Apple Announces iPad Mini 3 With Touch ID Home Button, Gold Color Option

Today at its media event in Cupertino, Apple announced the iPad mini 3 with Touch ID Home button and a new gold color option. These updates appear to be the only significant changes over the previous generation, with the new model continuing to use the A7 chip from the original Retina iPad mini.

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In addition to gold, the iPad mini 3 also comes in the previous space gray and silver color options. The pricing will start at $399 for 16 GB Wi-Fi version, with 64 GB and 128 GB variations priced at $499 and $599 respectively. As usual, Wi-Fi + Cellular models of the iPad mini 3 will be priced at a $130 premium over the Wi-Fi only models.

iPad mini 3 will be available for pre-order tomorrow, October 17, and will begin shipping next week.

Alongside the iPad mini 3, Apple is continuing to sell the iPad mini 2 in 16 GB ($299/$429) and 32 GB ($349/$479) variants. The original 16 GB non-Retina iPad mini is also still available for ($249/$379).

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32 months ago
New page is up: http://www.apple.com/ipad/compare/#comparison-chart

Check it out.
For $100 extra (over last year's model), quite literally the ONLY THING THEY HAVE DONE is added touch ID.
For a hundred dollars!!!!!

Apple this is just unbelievable :mad: :(
Cook and co, you should be embarrassed

- no anti-reflective display
- no A8 chip, let alone A8X. It's A7!
- no AC wifi
They have literally just wacked touch ID on the front and are selling it as a new model. I am speechless!
Rating: 46 Votes
32 months ago
I'm confused. So it's $100 more just for touchID and camera's? Otherwise it's no different from last years model! WTF

And to add insult to injury I never use a camera on a tablet. Why should I when I have my phone by my side?

Edit: What the ****. The camera's are not even updated. You're paying $100 for freaking touchID.
Rating: 34 Votes
32 months ago
This may be the worst update in recent memory. Basically Tim Cook is saying (to customers who gave the Mini a 100% customer satisfaction rating), "You people are screwing my margins. Buy an Air instead."
Rating: 33 Votes
32 months ago
The Mini is still being treated like the red heading stepchild. Apple purposely gimps these devices so you have reason to get the more expensive, larger versions.
Rating: 21 Votes
32 months ago
Why ??? Why no anti reflective coating and why no a8x???

Apple please say it ain't so !!!

I was waiting to update my 1st gen mini, looks like I'll wait till next year :(
Rating: 19 Votes
32 months ago
I wanna know if it has the same display as the air?
the previous mini that has same spec but lower colour gamut. Which is a shame.

Edit : it's basically the same spec as previous mini, they just add touch id. This is really a terrible update, just don't bother updating Apple, really.

Edit 2 : my crazy theory is that apple doesn't want the mini to compete with their new iphone 6 plus,
If it has better spec, people would surely get the 3g mini. Again, just my wild thoughts on it.
Rating: 19 Votes
32 months ago
It's not even running the A8? I can understand no A8X, but no A8? It runs A7??

Wow. Won't be upgrading the gen 1 iPad mini we have.
Rating: 17 Votes
32 months ago
When I said that Touch ID was worth the upgrade to me, I didn't mean it literally! I didn't expect it to really be the ONLY update.
Rating: 15 Votes
32 months ago
Seriously? Now the iPad air is thinner than the iPad mini. No A8. No better camera. No better screen. No more RAM. No better WiFi. What the **** is this Apple? $100 more for a $5 Touch ID sensor? 99% of the ****ing features are from last year!
Rating: 14 Votes
32 months ago
They probably had enough finger-print sensors laying around, slapped it onto iPad Mini 2, and called it an iPad Mini 3. This is pathetic, Apple!
Rating: 13 Votes

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