iPad mini 3 Announced With Touch ID Fingerprint Scanner, Price Starts At $399

iPad Air 2 wasn’t the only tablet introduced at yesterday’s Apple event, but the company has also announced iPad mini 3. Features, specs, pricing and release date detailed below!

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With a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and with a number of other quirks, following the successful roll-out, Apple having allowed third-party developers to integrate the still-fledging hardware into their apps, iPad mini 3 users will certainly experience the same functionality as those on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Apple Pay online payments authentication via Touch ID is also supported.

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Clocking at the same 7.5mm thin, iPad mini 3 design will be the same as its predecessor. However, it misses out the so-called “Retina HD” display and with the 2048 x 1536 resolution of the new smaller slate – identical to the official Retina iPad mini. Still be able to enjoy favorite games, apps and general iOS 8 joy in crisp, clear quality. Like the iPad Air 2, the display is now laminated and is now 56% less reflective.

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Camera includes an 5-megapixel rear-facing, and a front-facing sensor “FaceTime HD” for video calling. Storage point of view, the third-generation iPad mini will launch with 16, 64 and 128GB storage options. Processor wise, it will be powered by its prior chipset. It still carries the same 64-bit A7 chip with M7 motion coprocessor from last year.

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Since it doesn’t have NFC, it’ll be used for Apple Pay Within Apps. It runs on the latest iOS 8.1.

Apple iPad mini 3 Specs

  • 7.9 inch Retina Display with 2048×1536 resolution at 326 ppi, Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • 7.5 mm thick, weighs 331 g (WiFi) / 341 g (WiFi + Cellular)
  • A8 chip with 2nd gen 64-bit architecture and M8 motion coprocessor
  • Touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • 4G LTE (Optional), Wi?Fi (802.11a/?b/?g/?n); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 5 MP iSight 1080p camera, f/2.4 aperture
  • 1.2MP HD front-facing camera
  • 16/64/128GB variants
  • 23.8-watt-hour battery with up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video or listening to music

The new iPad mini 3 is available in three colors: Space Gray, Silver and Gold. Priced at $399 for the 16GB version, $499 for 64GB and $599 for the 128GB for WiFi. The WiFi + LTE variant costs $529, $629 and $729 for 16GB, 64GB and 128GB variants, respectively.

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Release Date

Pre-orders begin on October 17. The iPad mini 3 will launch next week on Friday, October 24th in the United States, United Kingdom, and several other nations before it rolling out to other markets thereafter.