By now, consumers should know the drill when it comes to all things Apple related. Every year, its product lineup gets refreshed – where devices generally receive upgrades to differentiate them enough over their predecessors. With the iPad mini family, the original model surely turned heads with its compact size, which was something refreshing and different from the regular iPad model, but its successor in the iPad mini 2 brought it one step further by adding a Retina Display on top of other hardware and software upgrades. Paying attention to this year’s model, however, the only thing really notable that’s added to the arsenal of the Apple iPad mini 3 is a Touch ID finger print sensor. Will that be enough to make it the dominant compact tablet for the next year?

The package contains:

  • Wall charger
  • Lightning USB cable
  • Start guide
  • Apple decals


It exudes the exactly same premium design, with the only notable improvement being the addition of a Touch ID finger print sensor.

We can all agree that the iPad mini’s design was a hit when it first came onto the scene a couple years ago, and to the amazement of many, it’ proven to be so popular that the recent crop of iPhones have adopted its design language as well. Therefore, it’s not shocking to know that the iPad mini 3 looks very much like its predecessors – meaning, there’s no change between it, the original model, and last year’s iPad mini 2. That’s not a bad thing per se, especially when it exudes a premium finish thanks to its unibody aluminum casing, glass front surface, and rounded corners.

Looking around, it’s no surprise that everything is in place with the iPad mini 3. From its button placements, Lightning docking port, speaker grills, cameras, and home button, there’s no change whatsoever here with the iPad mini 3. Well, the home button has technically changed, seeing that it now incorporates Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor – a useful and handy tool that provides us an alternative way of unlocking the tablet.


Strangely, the brightness potency of the display has dropped, but all of its other qualities remain the same.

A sigh of relief came with last year’s iPad mini 2, mainly because it was accompanied with a Retina Display – one that surely proved to be more detailed and attractive than the original’s display. Well folks, that same display is present here in the iPad mini 3, a 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 Retina Display. Of course, its pixel density count of 326 ppi matches its predecessor, continuing to make it extremely sharp and detailed, but for some odd reason, its brightness potency has dipped to 312 nits – down from the 450 nits produced by the iPad mini 3. It may be difficult to read it outdoors due to glare and direct sunlight.

Despite that, we’re happy to report that its color accuracy is unchanged. Although it’s not as accurate as the iPad Air 2, it still produces some punchy tones that catch our attention. Also worth mentioning is its almost perfect color temperature of 6656 K, which closely reaches that ideal reference mark of 6500 K. Overall, the Retina Display continues to be a delightful treat, but we’re just irked by its lower brightness output.



1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

The question is...Why?

12. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Ok this was another fair review. Again this is score seems too high, I mean this should be a 7.5 to 7.7 range. The price has to factor a bit more & to me the cardinal killer is the battery life. I am sorry but if the battery life is WORSE than last years model then it needs to REALLY come down. It's funny, but why are all NEW Apple devices across the board getting LESS battery life? To me especially in late 2014 is completely unacceptable. I mean you are paying TOP dollar for these iDevices & ALL of them have WORSE battery life...

15. Airforceflyer3

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 26, 2014

Shh it's not your review so but out

16. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lololololololololol OK. Sure, it's not like the comments section is about our opinions or anything like that! Man what was I thinking...

18. g2a5b0e unregistered

Yeah, wtf is wrong with you, dude?! How dare you give your opinion in a comments section?! RuDe! What's next? Using logic & facts to back up statements?! This whole world is going to hell!

2. Vinayakn73

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Apple should learn to make use of tablet screen. So many space is wasted by using those tiny icons. iPad gives feeling of resized iPhone UI.

3. shiv179

Posts: 192; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

This must be the lowest score for an Apple device on this site!

4. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

It's also one of the rost upgrades that I have ever seen on an Apple device.

5. salaal

Posts: 109; Member since: Dec 08, 2013

This should've been priced for 329$! That would've made it worth its price.

6. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Truly the runt of the flagship litter.

7. MrsJedi

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

Its the same as the previous model but it just has a fingerprint scanner as an extra feature. What's the point apple?

8. Andrew5190

Posts: 55; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

As if it wasn't painfully obvious this line was an afterthought after the first mini (no retina display), this pretty much seals it. I'd buy a Mini 2 if I bought iCrap, simply because Touch ID is useless from my experiences.

9. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Touch ID is not useless at all actually. Though I do agree with you when you say this was an afterthought.

10. alexvv

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

an ipad mini 2, only 150 dollars more expensive. so why the 8 stars ? because it's apple...

11. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Well......Thats not at all the shocker I thought it would be. I figured it would have scored lower, but Im glad PA actually thought about what was added and price vs just being a Apple device.

13. praveen1033

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

The main reason behind the reduction of battery life on this year ipads is ios 8. My ipad air battery life has been reduced by 20% after ios 8 update. It is not fixed completely even with 8.1

14. scarface21173

Posts: 702; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

No improvements on last years model really, I think people would rather have better battery life than a finger print scanner. Score should of been a 6, but this is a paid site by apple so its always going to score high.

17. 21babydoll12 unregistered

I would have given it a 5/10. 5 for being less or equal to last years model. no apparent improvements. besides, 5 is average right. this is average.

19. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

So the nits was lowered and it still has the faded colors of the last mini 2? How did this get even close to an 8? lol
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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