Apple announces iPad mini 3 with Touch ID

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Apple today announced the next-generation iPad mini, dubbed the iPad mini 3, with evolutionary improvements and features.

Touch ID

Touch ID, earlier exclusive to the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, finally comes to the iPad. Just like iPhone, you can now unlock your iPad and authorise iTunes purchases using your fingerprint, rather than entering passcodes or passwords. With iOS 8, developers can also add Touch ID support to their apps, letting you authorise yourself with a fingerprint rather than password.

Apple Pay

Apple has added Apple Pay support in the iPad mini 3, but the catch is that it only works for online purchases, and not at physical stores like the iPhone 6.

Color

In addition to the two color options Space Grey and Silver, there’s a gold option as well, just like the iPhone 6 lineup.

A7 Chip

We had expected the iPad mini 3 to come with the A8X chip, just like the iPad Air 2, but sadly it still comes with the A7 chip.

Pricing & Availability

The iPad mini 3 is priced at $399, $499 and $599 for the 16GB, 64GB and 128GB Wi-Fi only variant, and $529, $629 and $729 for the 16GB, 64GB and 128GB Wi-Fi and Cellular variants.

iPad mini 3 pre orders go live tomorrow, and the device will start shipping next week.

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