1. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    The new iPad Mini 3 and the original iPad Air are now the same price - $399. Which is the better buy for you - The smaller, but newest iPad Mini or the larger, but older iPad Air?
    10-16-2014 02:43 PM
  2. Beyond Fire's Avatar
    If I had to choose between the Mini 3 and the OG Air I would definitely pick the Mini 3. Gold + Touch ID = awesome sauce! However I'm getting an iPad Air 2 so I guess it doesn't matter
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    10-16-2014 02:46 PM
  3. Illustrator Joe's Avatar
    The new iPad Mini 3 and the original iPad Air are now the same price - $399. Which is the better buy for you - The smaller, but newest iPad Mini or the larger, but older iPad Air?
    I would say the Mini 3 for sure. Still a great price for the 1st gen Air though. Touch ID on the Mini and the new 8X chip won me over.
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    10-16-2014 02:46 PM
  4. cardfan's Avatar
    I'd say neither. If I was buying a new ipad, it'd be the Air 2. Probably 64gb LTE.

    However, the best value appears to be the ipad mini 2. I'd get that over the two choices in your OP. A lot depends on what you'll find on discount. That's a lot to have in the lineup and these things will be discounted come holiday season by everyone.
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    10-16-2014 02:47 PM
  5. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I would say the Mini 3 for sure. Still a great price for the 1st gen Air though. Touch ID on the Mini and the new 8X chip won me over.
    I think you nailed mentioning the CPU and Touch ID capabilities. For many, those will be deal breakers.
    10-16-2014 02:48 PM
  6. Illustrator Joe's Avatar
    I think you nailed mentioning the CPU and Touch ID capabilities. For many, those will be deal breakers.
    Oh no! According to the Apple compare page that just went live:
    iPad - Compare iPad Models - Apple Store (U.S.)

    The mini 3 does not have the A8X and only the A7. So the only upgrade to the Mini 3 is really just Touch ID. not sure for solely that purpose it is worth it for the extra $100 price tag. The Mini 2 is EXACTLY the same minus TouchID...
    This is very disappointing, you can no longer get the highest end tech in the smaller package like you could previously. I haul around my MBA when I need to. I prefer smaller tablets.
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    10-16-2014 03:58 PM
  7. Flow39's Avatar
    The Mini 3 is a ripoff. The same everything as the Mini 2 but adds a Touch ID sensor. Air 2 if I decide to upgrade.
    10-16-2014 04:16 PM
  8. HankAZ's Avatar
    I would say the Mini 3 for sure. Still a great price for the 1st gen Air though. Touch ID on the Mini and the new 8X chip won me over.
    None of the iPad Mini models will have the A8X chip. The only iPad to get it is the iPad Air 2.

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    10-16-2014 04:18 PM
  9. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    None of the iPad Mini models will have the A8X chip. The only iPad to get it is the iPad Air 2.
    My guess is that the A8X needs more battery power and/or more thermal space and so wouldn't work well in the mini.
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    10-16-2014 04:21 PM
  10. Illustrator Joe's Avatar
    None of the iPad Mini models will have the A8X chip. The only iPad to get it is the iPad Air 2.
    Yeah, I added that in a later comment. Truly disappointing. The Mini 3 is what I was looking forward to.
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    10-16-2014 04:22 PM
  11. Illustrator Joe's Avatar
    My guess is that the A8X needs more battery power and/or more thermal space and so wouldn't work well in the mini.
    Seems legit, but Apple could have made it happen if they thought it would sell more with it. Most people will just say "Hey the next generation iPad Mini, it's new... it must be better, I'll take two!"
    10-16-2014 04:24 PM
  12. bamf-hacker's Avatar
    Since i have the 6 plus, I think I am going to skip the Mini and just get the Air 2.
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    10-16-2014 04:26 PM
  13. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    Sucks that the Mini 3 isn't 802.11ac and instead just 802.11n
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    10-16-2014 04:57 PM
  14. Highrisedrifter's Avatar
    If I had to pick between the two, it would be the smaller but newer iPad Mini 3 purely for longevity of the device>

    My iPad 2 is on its last legs, so i'm going to get an iPad Air 2 to replace it. Definitely gold to match my iPhone too I think!
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    10-16-2014 05:01 PM
  15. nikkisharif's Avatar
    Oh no! According to the Apple compare page that just went live:
    iPad - Compare iPad Models - Apple Store (U.S.)

    The mini 3 does not have the A8X and only the A7. So the only upgrade to the Mini 3 is really just Touch ID. not sure for solely that purpose it is worth it for the extra $100 price tag. The Mini 2 is EXACTLY the same minus TouchID...
    This is very disappointing, you can no longer get the highest end tech in the smaller package like you could previously. I haul around my MBA when I need to. I prefer smaller tablets.
    Wow...this just made my decision easier. That's terrible
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    10-16-2014 05:34 PM
  16. the_tech_eater's Avatar
    I would say the Mini 3 for sure. Still a great price for the 1st gen Air though. Touch ID on the Mini and the new 8X chip won me over.
    Did the mini 3 get the 8x? I heard it still has the A7....
    10-16-2014 05:43 PM
  17. nikkisharif's Avatar
    Did the mini 3 get the 8x? I heard it still has the A7....
    Nope. Still has the A7
    10-16-2014 05:45 PM
  18. HankAZ's Avatar
    If I had to pick between the two, it would be the smaller but newer iPad Mini 3 purely for longevity of the device>

    My iPad 2 is on its last legs, so i'm going to get an iPad Air 2 to replace it. Definitely gold to match my iPhone too I think!
    That might make sense, but there are no functional differences between the two devices, save the TouchID feature. The device specs are identical between the iPad Mini 2 and the iPad Mini 3. IMHO, it’s a moot issue.

    The other differences, albeit minor are:
    • There is no 32GB version of iPad Mini 3.
    • The 64GB and 128GB versions of iPad Mini 3 are $100 cheaper than the comparable versions of the iPad Mini 2 were last year.
    • The 64GB and 128GB versions of the iPad Mini 2 are no longer available.
    • The Color options (Space Gray, Silver and Gold) for the iPad Mini 3.

    http://aos.prf.hn/click/camref:1100l...s/ipad/compare
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    10-16-2014 05:52 PM
  19. cardfan's Avatar
    My guess is that the A8X needs more battery power and/or more thermal space and so wouldn't work well in the mini.
    Even so there's the plain A8. It doesn't seem apple intended to update it period. Buying the iPad mini 2 instead seems to be the best value. Especially a refurb or discounted one. If you want a mini that is.

    And the air 2 if you want the bigger size.
    10-16-2014 05:57 PM
  20. Sakroz's Avatar
    I think either Apple don't want iPad mini eating iPhone 6+ sales or they intend to discontinue iPad mini later on. Or it's just another unexplainable Apple logic.
    10-16-2014 06:12 PM
  21. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    My gut feeling is the iPad mini is in its final generation.
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    10-16-2014 06:47 PM
  22. HankAZ's Avatar
    My gut feeling is the iPad mini is in its final generation.
    I had the same feeling. Given the popularity of the two devices that sit on either side of it in the lineup (iPad Air/2 and iPhone 6 Plus), I can see this one fading into the sunset.
    10-16-2014 06:59 PM
  23. cardfan's Avatar
    Didn't I see something about it having 100 percent customer satisfaction? I thought that was weird because as much as I like apple products, 100 percent is unrealistic.

    But hey let's take the product that satisfies everyone and not do much to it. Lol.

    Especially the camera which apple says is the number one thing people care about in their iPad.

    I know the event is a sales pitch and all but if you get too absurd then it's hard to believe anything. Like how faster something is compared to the original iPad. That kinda means nothing to me now.
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    10-16-2014 07:48 PM
  24. Illustrator Joe's Avatar
    My gut feeling is the iPad mini is in its final generation.
    I sure hope not. Maybe my favorite non computer apple product.

    ಠ益ಠ
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    10-17-2014 07:54 AM
  25. Vaas's Avatar
    Question,
    My wife has the original Ipad mini. Do you think upgrading to the Ipad mini 3 for her will see a decent improvement? I like the touch ID so would go with the 3 over the 2.

    opinion?
    10-17-2014 08:32 AM
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