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iPad mini 3 vs. iPad mini with Retina Spec Shootout

by Sean P. Aune | October 16, 2014October 16, 2014 3:15 pm PST

Apple took the wraps off of the iPad mini 3 today in Cupertino, and while it is an incremental update at best, there are still some things worth noting.

If you’ve been putting off picking up an iPad mini, you’re in luck because the new model now includes more memory in the two higher tiers while retaining the pricing of last year. The iPad mini with Retina also received a price cut, so if you’re more concerned with a bargain, than you can find exactly what you’re looking for.

Compare the two models below and see which one appeals to you more.

iPad mini with Retina

iPad mini 3

Apple - iPad mini with Retina Apple - iPad mini 3
Display Size 7.9-inch, 1536 x 2048 pixel display (324 ppi) 7.9-inch, 1536 x 2048 pixel display (324 ppi)
Resolution X 1536 1536
Resolution Y 2048 2048
Display Type N/A Retina
Operating System iOS 7 (at launch) iOS 8.1 (at launch)
Processor A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor
RAM N/A N/A
Storage
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
  • 16GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 5MP 5MP
Secondary Camera (Front) FaceTime HD 1.2MP
Networks
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B 800, 1900
  • UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA: 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • LTE Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900 MHz)
  • LTE: Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26
  • UMTS/​HSPA/​HSPA+/​DC‑HSDPA: 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0
Battery Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‑Fi, watching video, or listening to music: Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‑Fi, watching video, or listening to music: Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network
NFC No No
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Lightning
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Lightning
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Three-axis gyro
Height 7.87 inches (19.99 cm) 7.87 inches (19.99 cm)
Width 5.3 inches (13.46 cm) 5.3 inches (13.46 cm)
Depth 0.29 inches (7.4 mm) 0.29 inches (7.4 mm)
Weight 331 g (11.68 oz) 331 g (11.68 oz)
Colors Silver, Space Gray Gold, Gray, White
Supported Audio Formats AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
Supported Video Formats H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
In The Box
  • Wall Adapter
  • Apple Lightning Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
N/A

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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