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iPad Mini 3 Still Packs Last Year’s A7 Processor

by Jacob Kleinman | October 16, 2014October 16, 2014 1:00 pm PDT

Apple glossed over the iPad mini 3 pretty quickly during today’s big event and now we know why. According to the company’s official product page the new iPad mini comes equipped with an A7 processor—the same chip featured in last year’s iPads and iPhones—while the iPad Air 2 gets a brand new A8X processor.

The only real update to the iPad mini 3 is Touch ID, which can be used to unlock the device, download apps, activate Apple Pay and more. Unfortunately, the smaller tablet is also lacking the new anti-reflective coating and fully laminated display introduced with the iPad Air 2. The iPad mini 3 does come in 16/64/128GB storage options instead of the old 16/32GB variants, but that’s about it.

So why isn’t Apple showing the iPad mini any love? We’re not sure, though it seems like the company may have put all its effort into perfecting the iPad Air 2 instead. Meanwhile, last year’s Retina iPad mini is now a pretty great option at a low price. If you’re looking for a smaller Touch ID tablet with a lot of storage consider the iPad mini 3. Otherwise you’re better off going for the more expensive or cheaper options Apple has to offer.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...