• Apple iPad Mini 3 review
  • Apple iPad Mini 3 review
  • Apple iPad Mini 3 review
  • Apple iPad Mini 3 review
  • Apple iPad Mini 3 review
  • Apple iPad Mini 3 review
  • Apple iPad Mini 3 review
  • Apple iPad Mini 3 review
  • Apple iPad Mini 3 review
  • Apple iPad Mini 3 review

    Apple iPad Mini 3 review

  • Apple iPad Mini 3 review

    Apple iPad Mini 3 review

  • Apple iPad Mini 3 review

    Apple iPad Mini 3 review

  • Apple iPad Mini 3 review

    Apple iPad Mini 3 review

  • Apple iPad Mini 3 review

    Apple iPad Mini 3 review

  • Apple iPad Mini 3 review

    Apple iPad Mini 3 review

  • Apple iPad Mini 3 review

    Apple iPad Mini 3 review

There were no iPad Mini 3 wishlists flying around the web. Because the iPad Mini 2 is such a close-to-flawless product, nobody had the imagination to improve on the beautifully built, apptastic mini tab.

Including, it seems, Apple.

The differences between the iPad Mini 3 and its predecessor boil down to this: the new one gets Touch ID fingerprint scanning for unlocking the tablet and paying for iTunes purchases. And it comes in gold. 

One more difference: the Mini 2 now starts at a (relatively) bargainous £240, with the Mini 3 slotting into the £320 price bracket.

So is paying with your thumb worth the upgrade? 

Apple iPad Mini 3 Verdict

Apple iPad Mini 3 review

Apple iPad Mini 3 review

This is essentially an iPad Mini 2s or more accurately still, an iPad Mini 2 with Touch ID.

The changes are comically minimal and the most interesting new features are available via a software update to iOS 8.1 if you have a last-gen iPad Mini. 

If this is your first Apple tablet AND the futuristic fingerprint authentication appeals to you AND you need more than 32GB storage, this is the best choice. But in all other cases, we’d say that £80 is simply too much money to justify choosing the Mini 3 over the brilliant, and now brilliantly priced, iPad Mini 2

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Stuff says... 

Apple iPad Mini 3 review

The Mini 3 is futureproof thanks to fingerprint scanning but makes the iPad Mini 2 too much of a bargain to ignore 
Apple iPad Mini 3 review
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£320
Good Stuff 
The best small tablet experience
Touch ID for unlock and iTunes
Gorgeous build, stunning Retina screen
All-day battery life
Bad Stuff 
The Mini 2 is now much better value
No spec bumps like the iPad Air 2
Non expandable, no 32GB
Slightly inferior colours next to Air 2
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