Apple iPad mini 3 battery life falls way short of mini 2 for some reason

Apple iPad mini 3 battery life falls way short of mini 2 for some reason
Apple didn't spend much time announcing the iPad mini 3 at its new tablet presentation recently, but instead listed briefly that it is indeed a new thing, and stressed that the munchkin slate now comes with the Touch ID finger scanner. And that's all that can be said about the mini 3, really, when you compare it to the mini 2.

The folks from Cupertino left the iPad mini 3 largely unchanged from its already svelte predecessor in terms of design, but included a Touch ID fingerprint scanner, which means you can now use it with Apple Pay - the company's budding mobile payment system. There's a new golden color option, and the 32 GB model has disappeared in favor of a 64 GB one, but that's about it - other than those it sports the dimensions and silicon of its predecessor.

Imagine our surprise then, when we measured significantly shorter battery life with the new mini 3, compared to its predecessor. As usual, Apple doesn't list battery capacities, but it's not hard to assume that the juicers are the same, as is most everything else with the two tablets. Still, the iPad mini 3 did last about hour and a half less on our tasking battery benchmark, compared to the mini 2, so have this in mind when gunning for the Touch ID-laden version. This still means that the tablet would get you through the day with average use, but you can't expect much more endurance from the new mini 3.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
Apple iPad mini 3
6h 53 min (Average)
Apple iPad mini 2
8h 28 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4
7h 4 min (Average)

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iPad mini 3
  • Display 7.9 inches
    1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
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    1GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB,
  • Battery 6350 mAh
  • OS iOS 12.x
iPad mini 2
  • Display 7.9 inches
    1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A7
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  • Storage 128GB,
  • Battery 6471 mAh
  • OS iOS 12.x

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