Difference Between iPad Mini 2 vs. iPad Mini 3

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Main Difference

Apple iPad Mini 2 and iPad Mini 3, both are the mini tablets of Apple. The design and hardware of both iPad Mad Mini 2 and iPad Mini 3 are almost same. However, there are lot of differences between iPad Mini 2 and iPad Mini 3. The main difference between iPad Mini 2 and iPad Mini 3 is that iPad Mini 2 features Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor that is compatible with Apple Pay. This Touch ID sensor option is not available in iPad Mini 3.

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What is iPad Mini 2?

The iPad Mini 2 is the 2nd generation iPad Mini tablet computer of Apple that was previously marketed as the iPad Mini with Retina display. It is the successor of iPad mini that is the first generation iPad Mini. Most of the features of iPad Mini 2 are like its predecessor iPad Mini 1. Originally it was launched with iOS 7.0 and now it is can also support the latest iOS 8.3 that was released on April 8, 2015. It has 1.3 GHz dual-core Apple Cyclone CPU. Moreover, Apple A7 with 64-bit architecture and Apple M7 motion co-processor system-on-chip is used. Price of iPad Mini 2 is $299 having 16 GB internal memory and $349 having 32 GB internal memory. iPad Mini 2 is available in the colour of space gray and silver. Input of iPad Mini 2 includes: multi-touch screen, headset controls, proximity and ambient light sensors, 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, and digital compass. It was released on November 12, 2013.

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What is iPad Mini 3?

The iPad Mini 3 is the 3rd generation iPad Mini tablet computer of Apple that is mostly based in the same design and hardware of its predecessor the iPad Mini 2. It is the successor of 2nd generation of iPad Mini 3. Originally it was launched with iOS 8.1 and now it can also support the latest iOS 8.3 that was released on April 8, 2015. It has 1.3 GHz dual-core Apple Cyclone CPU. Moreover, Apple A7 with 64-bit architecture and Apple M7 motion co-processor system-on-chip is used. Price of iPad Mini 2 is $399 having 16 GB internal memory and $499 having 32 GB internal memory. iPad Mini 2 is available in the colour of gold, space gray and silver. Input of iPad Mini 2 includes: multi-touch screen, headset controls, M7 motion co-processor, proximity and ambient light sensors, 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, dual compass, and digital compass. It was released on October 22, 2014.

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Key Differences

  1. iPad Mini 2 is a 2nd generation tablet computer of Apple while iPad Mini 3 is the 3rd generation tablet computer of Apple.
  2. iPad Mini 2 has the feature of Touch ID finger print identity sensor while this feature is not available in iPad Mini 3.
  3. iPad Mini 2 was originally launched with iOS 7.0 while iPad Mini 3 was originally launched with iOS 8.1. However, both models now supports the currently released iOS 8.3.
  4. iPad Mini 2 is available in the colour of space gray and silver while iPad Mini 3 is available in the colour of gold, silver and space gray.
  5. The price of iPad Mini 2 having memory of 16 GB is available at price of $299 and having memory of 32 GB is available at price of $349. While the price of iPad Mini 3 having memory of 16 GB is available at price of $399 while with 32 GB available @ $499.

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