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The Apple iPad Mini 3

A familiar face

No new camera

Touch ID

Now in gold

Who's it for?

If you think the Apple iPad Mini 3 looks rather familiar, you're not wrong: the updated tablet bears the same size and specifications as its predecessor. The tablet is available now, and starts at $399 / £319 / AU$499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model.

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The iPad Mini 3 offers the same 7.9-inch, 2048 by 1,536-pixel resolution display as its predecessor. They're both 0.29-inch thick, and both run on the same A7 CPU.

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The iPad Mini 3 also didn't receive any of the new hardware fixings afforded to the new iPad Air 2, including the new A8X CPU and M8 coprocessor.

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The Apple iPad Air 2 also packs a new and improved 8-megapixel camera, while the iPad Air Mini 3 is equipped with the same 5-megapixel shooter as its predecessor.

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In fact, the substantive difference between the iPad Mini 2 and the iPad Mini is the Touch ID sensor, which will in part allow you to use Apple Pay to make in-app purchases. The newer tablet is also about $100 more expensive.

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While both the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3 can now support Apple Pay-based in-app purchases, neither device has the NFC hardware required to pay for purchases at retailers.

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Here's something new: the iPad Mini 3 is now available in a gold color option.

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The iPad Mini 3 should be a good fit for anyone who really, really wants the Touch ID experience on a smaller iPad. But that's about it: the older iPad Mini 2 does everything this new device does, for $100 less.

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