The gang from Cupertino just took the stage in the local hall, and announced the third generation of the line, dubbed simply iPad mini 3. The munchkin got thinner, lighter, faster and with a better camera, not to mention bragging with the latest iOS 8.1 release out of the box, that enables Apple Pay for the masses. Yep, the mini 3 also got the TouchID fingerprint scanner, so you can now pay for iTunes and store purchases with it.
Apple adheres strictly to its end-of-the-workweek release schedule, so you can rest assured that the new iPads will appear on store shelves on the next Friday, October 24th, with preorders beginning tomorrow, October 17th. Apple hasn't changed the pricing, either: the iPad mini 3 starts off at $399 for the Wi-Fi versions, and blasts off from there, in $100 increments, depending on the 64 GB or 128 GB storage amounts. The options with cellular connectivity are $529, $629, and $729, respectively. As before, the mini 3 supports 14 LTE bands, so you might want to check the local carrier support when you are globetrotting.