Specs summary


The Apple iPad Mini 3's screen is 7.9 inches with 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution.


There is a Apple A7 Dual core 1.3 GHz processor (CPU).


The tablet runs on the iOS 8 (Update Available: 9.3) operating system (OS).

5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
16/64/128 GB

Internal memory is 16/64/128 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.


The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 23 mAh battery. Apple's performance ratings are 30 days standby time, 10 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Reviews summary

Based on 17 reviews

What's good  

  • Touch ID support
  • Great battery life
  • Peppy performance
  • Apple SIM

What's bad  

  • Little difference from iPad Mini 2
  • No NFC
  • Price

With the Apple iPad Mini 3, Apple once again splits the specs between the larger iPad and its smaller sibling. How does the Mini 3 compare to the rest of the small tablet offerings on the market? Let’s see how the reviews look!

The Mini 3 includes the same display as the original iPad Mini with Retina--now called the iPad Mini 2. The 2048-by-1536 7.9-inch IPS display offers bright colors, plenty of sharpness and viewing angles that only IPS can offer. While it might be the display from a previous model, TechCrunch says that it is still “one of the best tablet displays in the business.”

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In fact, this trend continues to most everything about the Mini 3. Essentially it is the iPad Mini 2 with TouchID support, Apple SIM support and new gold color option. CNet reiterated this stating, “take one look at the specs and you'll see it's déjà vu all over again for Apple's little guy.”

With a 1.27GHz 64-bit A7 processor and 1GB of RAM, the tablet is capable of most anything you want it to do. Reviews note that it multitasks with ease and plays even the latest games with no problems. A variety of storage options, from 16GB to 128GB offer plenty room for your movies, music, apps and more.

Apple’s Touch ID offers easy unlocking of the device, while support for Apple Pay will make online purchases quick and secure as well. Unfortunately, lack of NFC support means you won’t be able to use it at retail locations.

The other addition, Apple SIM, allows you to swap between various data providers without needing to change SIM cards. Currently there are a number of providers in the US and UK working with Apple. If you prefer a different carrier, there is no physical difference in SIM cards, so swap in your preferred card and you’ll be on your way.

The Mini 3 includes an estimated 10-hour mixed use battery time which was confirmed by many reviewers. Streaming HD video, Engadget achieved 14-hours of playback on a single charge.

With a 5MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera, the tablet won’t be replacing your point-and-shoot camera anytime soon. However, reviews find that the cameras offer respectable quality for video chat and social media.

Despite positive reviews, many reviewers struggled to endorse the Mini 3 in comparison to the previous model. The Verge stated that it “feels competitive with the other small tablets on the market” but also posed the question, “How much is Touch ID worth?” PC Magazine declared “existing mini 2 owners have very little reason to upgrade.” In the end, Engadget summed up thoughts best, stating “The mini 3 got so little love this time around that the best news about it is the fact that last year's version is now $100 cheaper.”

Reviews (7.1/10 Avg. rating)


Nothing to complain about here

from Reviewed

It's easy to get a little steamed when a company sees fit to just sit on their laurels and push out a product without doing much to justify its expanded pricetag. And you'd be right to feel like looking elsewhere is the logical response. However, the iPad mini 3 is still a good tablet—it's just of questionable value while its older brother is on the market for less. You could even get the 32 gigabyte mini 2 for $50 less than the 16 gigabyte mini 3; it's a no-brainer if you don't care so much about the TouchID.

To be honest, Apple's been giving its larger iPad all the attent... Full review

Geek Squad

A surefire contender for the best small tablet currently on the market

from Geek Squad

I have no doubt that that iPad mini 3 is one of, if not the, best small tablet on the market and I would highly recommend it to anyone. There is, however, one issue and that is the iPad mini 2. While the mini 3 is available in larger storage sizes, the base 16 GB model iPad mini 3 is EXACTLY the same as the 16GB iPad mini 2 with the exception of the addition of Touch ID. This is the only difference and it makes it very difficult to justify the £80 price difference between the two models. You would really have to hate typing in the odd password to justify spending so much more on the m... Full review

PC Pro

Still as alluring as ever - the old model is better value, though

from PC Pro

It seems ungrateful to gripe about the iPad mini 3: Apple has added Touch ID without bumping the price upwards, and the £399 and £479 models now deliver twice the storage of the previous generation.

The glaring issue is that Apple has shot itself in the foot by reducing the price of the iPad mini 2, which is now a mere £239 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, and only £279 for the 32GB model. Given that the only difference between the two is Touch ID and a new, gold finish, we can see why Apple swept the iPad mini 3 under the carpet in its recent announcements. Its... Full review


Very snappy with its performance but no notable changes with the hardware

from PhoneArena

As we try to think dearly about Apple’s intent with the iPad mini 3, we’re still having trouble rationalizing the reasoning behind its $400 cost. In all fairness, it’s a pricey investment considering that the only notable new addition is the Touch ID fingerprint sensor – while the rest of the tablet largely remains the same. In fact, it sport’s the same Retina Display, iSight camera, and processor of its predecessor, which of course, is still quite a formidable thing, especially for something that’s now attached with a $300 cost.

Sure, there&rs... Full review


An even better tablet for anyone who values portability over power

from iMore
The iPad mini 3 is nothing more than an iPad mini 2 with Touch ID and Apple Pay, a gold option, and cheaper 64GB and 128GB models. Whether you're looking to buy your first iPad or upgrading from a previous model, the iPad mini 3’s enticement factor will depend entirely on how much you value Touch ID or want gold or more storage, all in that 7.9-inch form factor... Full review

Still great, now with more storage options and Touch ID

from Recombu

We're in a quandary of sorts here.

The Apple iPad Mini 3 is a fantastic tablet. and we'd happily use it every day. It's great for watching movies, getting creative, playing games, staying connected with your mates and everything else you'd possibly want a tablet for.

But for £80 less you can buy the iPad Mini 2, which is basically the same device except without that TouchID fingerprint scanner. So obviously we'd instruct you to do just that, unless you're in dire need of more than 32GB of storage space, especially since TouchID adds very little.

To mak... Full review


A tablet that struggles to find its place

from Pocket-lint

Put simply the iPad mini 3 demands an extra £80 for TouchID and the option to choose the gold colour finish. That's a significant premium over the iPad mini 2, which is the better buy. If you like the idea of the iPad mini's sub-8-inch screen size then last year's model is still the one to go for.

By not updating the third-generation iPad mini more considerately, Apple has created a device that is neither top-of-the-tree in terms of power, nor does it offer enough of a pull against the increasing competition. There's some argument that the iPad mini line doesn't need to off... Full review


The iPad mini 3 has arrived with Touch ID, but not much else

from Mashable

The iPad mini 3 is by no means a bad tablet. In fact, it's a rather great one, but it's a bit of a rotten deal. We'd find it difficult to recommend buying the iPad mini 3 when the iPad mini 2 is available for £80 less and is almost exactly the same, and the hugely more powerful and impressive iPad Air 2 is just £80 more.

The only reason to buy the iPad mini 3 over the other iPads available is if you're set on a 7.9in screen, are desperate for a gold model and you think you can't live without the Touch ID. If that's you then you won't be disappointed by this tablet, but a... Full review

PC Magazine

A superb small-screen tablet

from PC Magazine

The Apple iPad mini 3 is a superb small-screen tablet, but the modest upgrades, combined with a healthy discount for last year's nearly identical model, make it difficult to recommend wholeheartedly. The mini 2 is 25 percent less expensive than the mini 3, and I can't make a strong case for Touch ID or Apple SIM warranting the $100 premium. The two new features are convenient, but ultimately expendable. The iPad has always been about the apps, and the app experience between the mini 2 and mini 3 will be largely the same.

If this year's iPad stratification is the new normal, that... Full review


A tablet that struggles to find its place

from Pocket-lint

Put simply the iPad mini 3 demands an extra £80 for TouchID and the option to choose the gold colour finish. That's a significant premium over the iPad mini 2, which is the better buy. If you like the idea of the iPad mini's sub-8-inch screen size then last year's model is still the one to go for.

By not updating the third-generation iPad mini more considerately, Apple has created a device that is neither top-of-the-tree in terms of power, nor does it offer enough of a pull against the increasing competition. There's some argument that the iPad mini line doesn't need to off... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date October 24, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, South America, Africa, India, Philippines, Russia, Ukraine, China
No cellular data
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System iOS 8 (Update Available: 9.3)

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Secondary OS No
Processor Apple A7 Dual core 1.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB or 64 GB or 128 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Body: 1.18 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & Battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 23 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Video Playback Time 10 hours
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 10 hours
3G Surfing Time 9 hours
4G Surfing Time 9 hours
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 30 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
E-book Reader No
Colors Gold, Silver, Space Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 20.0 x 13.5 x 0.7 cm
(7.9 x 5.3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 331 grams
(11.7 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1536 x 2048 pixels
Pixel Density 326 pixels
Size 7.9 inches
3D No
Sensors Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Safari
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots No
Expansion Slots Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out Yes
DLNA Support No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Self-timer, HDR, Exposure
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution 1+ megapixels
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info Face detection, Geotagging, Panorama
Video Recording Parameters HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Fingerprint identity sensor built into the Home button
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