Poll: The only upgrade in the iPad mini 3 is TouchID; so, is it worth $399?

Poll: The only upgrade in the iPad mini 3 is TouchID; so, is it worth $399?
If you were watching the Apple event live stream today, you probably noticed that the iPad mini 3 didn't really get a proper announcement. Apple barely announced the device, except to run through the price of it. As we let you know earlier, the iPad mini 3 is sticking with the A7 processor, but the similarities are actually a lot deeper than that.

Jump over to Apple's site and take a look at the iPad comparison page. If you run through the differences between the iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3, you'll notice just two differences: the iPad mini 3 has TouchID, and it costs $100 more. That's it. No joke, go take a look for yourself. Now, TouchID is a really cool feature. It is huge for security; it lets you easily unlock your device or authenticate iTunes; and, it'll let you use Apple Pay. That's not nothing, but the question is whether or not that one difference means the device is worth $100 more than the iPad mini 2. 

It seems like Apple could have simply replaced the iPad mini 2 with the new one instead of leaving all three in the roster. So, we'll turn it over to you all out there. Do you think the iPad mini 3 is worth the cost?

Is the iPad mini 3 worth $399?

Yes, TouchID is a great improvement.
Maybe, but Apple shouldn't keep selling the mini 2
No, it's not enough of an upgrade.
I don't care, I'm not buying one anyway.
Yes, but I think all Apple products are overpriced anyway.

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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



1. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

No wonder it was brushed off during the announcement

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

This is probably the worst ugrade Apple has ever released.

19. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

But wasn't it the new iPad mini also thinner???????

26. Chunkyspudface

Posts: 65; Member since: May 31, 2013

Nope, same chassis, same screen, Camera, processor etc. Just lazy for a multi billion dollar company...

37. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Screen improved. That and Touch ID are the only new additions. Everything else remained the same besides a new choice of color. Those who had the OG Mini can finally upgrade.

41. Chunkyspudface

Posts: 65; Member since: May 31, 2013

Pretty sure the screen is the same as the Mini 2... either way it's a poor effort. I thought the Mini 2 was good as it drew parallels with the iPad Air at the time but Apple seems happy to rest in the knowledge that it'll sell millions anyway.

42. geordie8t1 unregistered

the screen is NO different mate, the only difference is touch ID, native IOS8 and gold paint job, other then that its exactly the same display, processor, speed, weight, size.....it is a totaly rip off to charge premium prices for an ipad that is now 3 years old save for minor upgrades.....

29. torr310

Posts: 1655; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

It's the worst upgrade a company has ever released. Haven't seen other companies have balls doing that.

38. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Sony has been doing it with their Xperia Z line.

39. ahomad

Posts: 175; Member since: May 15, 2012

lol at you, that was funny. No joke, this is one of the stupidest hater comment ever (sorry for that)

40. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Really? Z to Z1 failed, Z1 to Z2 failed, and Z2 to Z3 was't great either. So please explain to me how Sony's upgrades are not terrible?

43. ahomad

Posts: 175; Member since: May 15, 2012

you liked the update or not is completely different to whether there was an update or not. Your comment that I responded to you said that ipad mini 3 was as small of an update to mini 2 like Xperia Z line update which mean Xperia z phones were not an update. However, I can talk about the differences between z, z1, z2 and z3 all day but in summary, for every single device, thera was an update in processor, screen, ram, camera, battery life, waterproof to name few, some of which was big (e.g. camera from Z to Z1) and some were small (screen from Z to Z1) but there WAS an update in almost every aspect between all four Z phones. in other words, every Z phone came with some minor and some major updates compared to the previous generation. now to the other point of whether you liked it or not, we can talk about thins for days but each phone has its pros and cons and it is more of personal preferences and this is a completely different topic as I said earlier

47. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

+1. Nailed it.

32. g2a5b0e unregistered

No excuse for that, Smurf. I'm not one of these Apple bashers, but even Apple fans alike should be upset about this one. There is no reason why the Mini 3 shouldn't have the AX8. It's almost as if the execs sat around the boardroom & said "We could redesign it like the Air 2 & give it a new processor, but what's the point? Let's not spend the extra money. These fools will buy it anyway."

36. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Or the 8MP camera which appears to be the same one from the 4S. Along with that, they could have added 2GB of RAM to address the low memory crashes that happen all the f--king time in Safari. Apple literally dropped the ball on this one buy people will still buy it.

46. torr310

Posts: 1655; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Not using the A8X processor on mini 3 made them more profit.

45. Philipand96

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Apple pay will generate Apple 15c per transaction Apple in order to tap into the online market as well add Apple pay to the unchanged specs. No other features improved. This is more of the same Standard Operating Procedures In 2012 you start a iPhone 5 contract , in 2014 you then up?grade to the iPhone 6http://www.phonearena.com/phones/compare/Apple-iPhone-5,Apple-iPhone-6/phones/7378,8346 SAME PHONE WITH LARGER DISPLAY, however you do now lose Gorilla Glass. How has this NOT been picked up, all that gets mentioned is "BEST iphone ever" 12. Anything worth selling is worth selling twice 13. Anything worth doing is worth doing for money

52. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

indeed. This is literally just a refresh. They could have at least gave it memory started at 32gb or SOMETHING. It probably is a refresh, they will probably discontinue making the Mini 2 once its inventory is sold out, and just sell the Mini 3, if people want a 300$ ipad, tough!

3. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Considering the iPad 2 would be considered older tech now, it's probably a lot cheaper to produce than it did when it was released. With the $100 price bump the profits are a lot higher. Well, this type of behavior is allowed by their customers.

15. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Go Apple go! Suck them dry. Mr Krabbs would be jealous.

4. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Lol 0% for the first option

6. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

It's actually worth when you buy 64gb and 128gb version, not the 16gb, that's a steal

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31009; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No, it's not enough of an upgrade. The mini 3 should have: 2 gigs of RAM, higher res screen, 8 meg camera, A8x chip, M8 co processor, and every other feature the Air 2 has. Point blank the only difference should be the size. Yes it's a slight upgrade still, and the gold one is with doubt, the best looking tablet I've ever seen, but Apple dropped the ball with the mini 3. I don't think it'll sell huge, great maybe, but not huge. I think they're purposely trying to sway people to the Air 2. I myself am keeping my mini 2 for another year, unless I gazelle it for $300.

22. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Uh, Dark? the iPad Air 2 only has 1gb of DDR3 RAM

27. Chunkyspudface

Posts: 65; Member since: May 31, 2013

Confused, half the tech websites are saying 2Gb whilst half are saying 1Gb... I can't remember any mention of RAM in the live stream, so I'll agree on 1GB.

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 31009; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I've read both, we'll know for sure once iFixit grabs one.

8. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

A re-branded iPad Mini 2? That, is enough to justify the new iPad Mini 3.

9. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I'm not sure what to say about the people who voted "Yes"

11. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Just say a fool and his money are easily parted.

10. gtrxman

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 10, 2011

$400 for that is insane. HP just released a 10" Android on their site for $280. Talk about overpriced Apple stuff.

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