Apple iPad mini 3 to skip on the A8-gen chips altogether, sticks with A7

Apple iPad mini 3 to skip on the A8-gen chips altogether, sticks with A7
While the iPad Air 2 received several notable upgrades, including an improved, Apple-designed 64-bit A8X processor, it turns out that the iPad mini 3 will stick to the very same chip powering its predecessor -- the Apple A7.

Now, the Apple A7 is by no means a sluggish performer or anything like that, but we're curious as to why Apple chose to change the pace with the smaller iPad so drastically -- in comparison, the previous generation iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina were on equal footing as far as the silicon powering them went. What's more, according to Apple, the A8X is no joke, even compared to the A8 that debuted with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Put in numbers, the 3 billion transistors of the A8X apparently make it up to 40% faster than the A8, while the GPU is up to 2.5 times more capable. 

Again, it should be pointed out that, in our experience, the previous iPad mini with its A7 chip has proven more than capable enough, and we've ran into virtually no performance-related issues with it. Obviously, though, the fact that the iPad mini 3 commands the same $399 starting price without offering the same jump in performance (and little else other than TouchID and a gold color option) will likely not sit well with all.

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iPad mini 3
  • Display 7.9" 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 6350 mAh

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25 Comments

1. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

"here, pay $100 for touch id" lol!

2. Alcahas

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

I AM SO DONE. Keep in mind they also bumped up the number, there's a 50% increase

3. plary122

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

what?

4. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

And I´m sure there will be people that will pay... sad but true.

10. Alcahas

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

From the iPad Mini2 to the iPad Mini3, that's a 50% increase of model numbers /s

12. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

For only a 33% more in price! I like your thinking. You wouldn´t work for Apple by chance? LOL

20. Alcahas

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

You now get 100% of the same thing for just 33% more !!!1 That's like a 128x increase

24. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

People said so many things when sony to provided snapdragon 801instead of 805(1 gen gap), and yet people are still calm with apple on sticking to A7 instead of A8X(3 gen gap, A7X, A8, A8X)

25. g2a5b0e unregistered

There is no A7X & the jump from A_ to A_X isn't a whole generation. In any event, it is shameful that Apple would use the same exact chip from last year's device.

5. Sakeem

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

So to all those that love and breath everything Apple, in your opinion, if you have a Mini 2, is the Mini 3 a worthy upgrade? If so, why?

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31054; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's a minor upgrade, but I'll stick with my mini 2. The gold one is absolutely gorgeous though.

13. Sakeem

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

I hear you. I think it was done to push people to the full size tablet. I also agree with you in that It does look really nice.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31054; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

One things for sure bro, next years iPhoneS will definitely have two gigs of RAM.

15. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

Ahaha you were celebrating all this month about getting the new mini lol disappointed much?

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31054; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No I wasn't, I was debating based on what I saw. The iPad is gorgeous, but I upgrade tablets every two years anyway. Didn't see enough to make a move, but trust me, if I find a good deal for a 64/128 on Craigslist it's all over. Lol that.

11. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Does the mini 2 keep the old storage configurations? Because if so it makes more sense to get the mini 3 at 64GB since they would cost the same.

14. Sakeem

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Even if you had a mini 2 already?

16. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

If you wanted something with more storage, yeah. But otherwise definitely not. I found the compare page on Apple's site and they don't even have a 64GB option for the mini 2 now. Though the 32GB version is only $349, which should be plenty for a tablet since I wouldn't keep a bunch of music or photos on it anyways since that stuff is on my phone and computer. I honestly don't see the point of the mini 3, it seems like Apple just wants people to buy the mini 2. https://www.apple.com/ipad/compare/

18. Sakeem

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Ok. Yeah i see your point. As i said above, i think they want people to buy the larger one. My opinion of course.

6. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Just trying to suck more money out of people who don't know any better as usual...

21. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Last year the mini 2 ate too much iPad Air sales, that's probably the reason why Apple decided to make the mini midrange.

8. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Apple sinking to new lows once again.

9. onthecouchagain

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

Apple being Apple.

17. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I always had respect for iPads being the best tablets, but yesterday Google and htc gave a nice surprise, a nexus tablet with 4:3 display! With tegra k1! Are you kidding me?

19. Sakeem

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Yes. I don't think that tablet can be ignored by anyone right now. It's more than a worthy competitor to the Ipad line.

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