iPad mini 3

How much does the iPad mini 3 weigh?

The iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi model weighs 0.73 pounds (331 g) and the Wi-Fi + Cellular models weighs 0.75 pounds (341 g). Here are the weight and dimensions of both models:

iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi model

Height: 7.87 inches (200 mm)
Width: 5.3 inches (134.7 mm)
Depth: 0.29 inch (7.5 mm)
Weight: 0.73 pound (331 g)

iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular model

Height: 7.87 inches (200 mm)
Width: 5.3 inches (134.7 mm)
Depth: 0.29 inch (7.5 mm)
Weight: 0.75 pound (341 g)

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iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 Now Available for Pre-Order

Both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are now available for pre-order. Apple (NYSE:AAPL) fans can pre-order the new tablets through Apple.com, AT&T and Best Buy. Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile have not opened pre-orders at the time of this post. Walmart, Target and Amazon.com are also expected to start carrying the new iPads in the near future. Apple stated at its keynote on Thursday that the iPad Air 2 would start shipping “later next week".

iPad Air 2

Both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are available in Gold, Silver and Space Gray. The iPad Air 2 starts at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and the iPad mini 3 starts at $399. You can see a list of prices for all the avilable models below.

Next Gen iPad Air Debuts Tomorrow, Supply may be Limited

The next generation iPad Air will definitely debut tomorrow and, considering some premature iTunes uploads, quite possibly the iPad mini 3. According to one analyst, the iPad Air 2 supplies could be limited.

iPad Air 2 supplies may be limited

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, in a note to investors obtained by AppleInsider, wrote that production issues will likely limit the initial supply. Specifically, there are yield rate issues concerning the anti-reflective display coating on the new tablet, meaning a larger than expected amount of screens produced are defective. He expects anywhere from 7 to 9 million units to ship for launch. By comparison, 12 million iPad Air units shipped when it launched last year.

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 Confirmed Due to Apple Slip-Up

There was never any doubt that Apple planned to announce the iPad Air 2 tomorrow, but there was some uncertainty about the future of the iPad mini, until now. Apple has prematurely uploaded the iOS 8.1 iPad user guide to iTunes with details about the second-generation iPad Air and third-generation iPad mini.

iPad Air 2 User Guide

As you can see from the screenshot posted above, both the next-generation iPad Air and iPad mini will ship with Touch ID. The leak also shows that the iPad Air iSight camera will now feature Burst Mode, and that the new tablets will be named the "iPad Air 2" and "iPad mini 3," like we have always expected.

Does Apple Plan to discontinue the iPad mini on October 16th?

There has been a noticeable lack of iPad mini leaks and rumors leading up to Apple's October 16th iPad keynote, making some believe that this is the end of the line for the 7-inch tablet. However today, the Japanese blog Macotakara reports that the smaller tablet will make an appearance alongside its larger counterpart at Apple's press conference on Thursday.

iPad mini 3 Touch ID

One reason for that lack of iPad mini 3 rumors could be that the upcoming refresh isn't that exciting. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in April that the next-generation iPad mini may only receive a new processor and Touch ID, as opposed to the iPad Air 2 which is rumored to be getting a redesign, its own A8X chip, 2GB of RAM and other notable upgrades.

"...We previously thought Apple would not release a new version of the iPad mini this year, but we now think Apple will launch an upgraded version with same form factor, A8 processor and Touch ID (fingerprint recognition) to boost shipments of iPad mini with Retina display."

A8X Chip to Power iPad Pro

It has long been rumored that Apple will introduce a bigger, more powerful tablet, dubbed the iPad Pro, either in late 2014 or early 2015. More likely the latter. A recent report from Taiwanese site Tech News indicates that it will likely sport an enhanced version of the A8 chip that is found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

iPad Pro to have A8X chip

According to the report, the "A8X" is necessary to cope with the much larger 12.9" retina display. The largest iPad display to date is the iPad Air's 9.7" screen. The report also mentioned that the next generation iPad Air will likely double its memory to 2GB RAM.

Second Report Claims iPad Air 2 Coming in October

The Commercial Times claims that Apple has begun production on its second-generation iPad Air and that the new tablet will begin to ship by mid-October. The Times' report coincides with an earlier report from AppleInsider that also said Apple plans to launch the iPad Air 2 this fall.

iPad Mini 3

The Times also claims that the third-generation iPad mini will be delayed until early 2015. This is interesting since Apple has always launched its 9.7-inch and 7.9 inch tablets together since the iPad mini was first introduced back in 2012. However, rumors and leaks for the new iPad mini have been basically nonexistent, which could mean Apple has put it on the back burner.

What is the iPad mini 3 release date?

The launch date for the iPad mini 3 (which is unlikely to be called that, but that serves our purpose for the time being) is still very much up in the air, as are its specs and features. It is widely believed by analysts that the next generation iPad mini will come out in time for the holiday season, possibly as early as late November. That being said, there have been recent rumors of production delays due to supply chain issues.

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iPad Air 2, iPad mini Production Delayed

The consensus so far this year holds that Apple will be releasing the the iPad Air 2 and next generation iPad mini sometime before the end of the year. While this may still be true, the latest rumor claims that production of both devices has been delayed.

iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro

According to Chinese media, via G4Games, production of the two new iPads is being pushed back to September. It was previously thought that both would enter mass production in August. The phablet size 5.5" iPhone 6 is also being pushed back to September, which dispels rumors that it would launch alongside the 4.7" model in late September. The smaller model has reportedly already entered mass production. The delay supposedly comes due to "yield issues" within Apple's supply chain.

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