iPad mini 3

How much is the iPad mini 3?

Update 09/09/2015: The iPad mini 3 was discontinued on September 9, 2015 after Apple announced the iPad mini 4. The iPad 2 was made the entry level iPad mini model starting at $269.

The iPad mini 3 was announced on October 16, 2014 and released on October 24, 2014. It was the first model to feature Touch ID and gold color option.

Here are the original launch prices for the third-generation iPad mini:

WiFi-Only Models:

  • 16GB - $399
  • 64GB - $499
  • 128GB - $599

WiFi + Cellular Models:

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Save up to $100 on the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 at Best Buy

If you have been kicking yourself for missing out on all those great iPad Black Friday sales here's your chance for redemption! Best Buy is offering discounts on all iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 models. You can save $50 on all iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi models or $100 on any cellular model with a new two-year agreement with Sprint, Verizon Wireless or T-Mobile. Although it does not look like all T-Mobile models are available online.

iPad Air 2 Deal

The iPad mini discounts are based on storage starting at $50. So you can save $50 on all 16GB models, $75 on all 64GB models and $100 on all 128GB models. These deals apply to both the WiFi-only and cellular versions in any color.

Is the iPad mini 3 the same as the iPad 3?

The iPad mini 3 is and iPad 3 are two completely different tablets. The main difference is size. The iPad mini 3 features a 7.9-inch Retina display and the iPad 3 sports a 9.7-inch Retina display. The iPad mini 3 is powered by Apple's faster A7 chip with 64‑bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor, and the iPad 3 is powered by Apple's older A5X processor.

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Rumor: Apple May Discontinue the iPad Mini After Christmas

The future of the iPad mini was heavily being questioned before Apple's 2014 iPad keynote in October. Some people believed that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) would discontinue the 7-inch tablet since the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus already offered a phablet-sized option. However, rumors of the iPad mini's demise turned out not to be true and Apple did launch a third-generation model.

iPad mini 3

Today, rumors of the imminent end of iPad mini have resurfaced. According to Taiwan’s Economic Daily News (via iDownloadblog) the iPad mini 3 will be the last of Apple's 7-inch tablets. Apple is expected to stop production on the iPad mini to focus on its upcoming rumored 12-inch iPad Pro. This isn't entirely shocking news since Apple paid very little attention to the smaller tablet during its iPad Air 2 event in October. There also seemed to be a lack of interest in the 7-inch iPad leading up to the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 release. The iPad Air 2 was leaked way more than the iPad mini 3, and Apple fans were way more focused on the upcoming iPhone 6 launch and Apple watch than anything else.

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 Now Available Through T-Mobile

T-Mobile customers can now purchase an iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 at T-Mobile.com or at T-Mobile retail locations. All models are available, except the 128GB iPad Air 2, for zero dollars down with 24 monthly payments starting at $26.24 for the 16GB iPad Air 2 and $22.08 for the iPad mini 3. T-Mobile is also still offering its double your data deal. For just $10, the deal allows users to add one tablet and match the data on their Simple Choice voice plan.

Correction: The 64GB iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 is $100 down and the 128GB iPad mini 3 model is $199 down.

T-Mobile iPad Air 2

If you rather pay for your iPad upfront instead of making monthly payments, or want a Wi-Fi-only model, both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are available through Apple.com starting at $499 and $399, respectively. The iPad Air 2 is also available at Bestbuy.com, AT&T.com and Verizonwireless.com.

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