iPad Air 2 vs. iPad mini 3: Tech Specs


iPad Air 2 vs iPad mini 3

Just hours ago, Apple unveiled the latest two additions to its iPad lineup. The all-new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 have iterative new features over the tablets that came ahead of them, such as the addition of a Touch ID fingerprint scanner and gold color option. Ahead, we’ve prepared a side-by-side comparison of tech specs for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

We have already posted the full hardware specifications for both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 in separate articles, but the chart below should make the results more easy to compare and help you decide which tablet is best for you. Keep in mind that the iPad mini 3 is virtually identical to the iPad mini 2, outside of Touch ID and the gold color option.

The complete list of tech specs for both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are as follows:

iPad Air 2

iPad mini 3

Models Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular
Size
  • Height: 9.4 inches (240 mm)
  • Width: 6.6 inches (169.5 mm)
  • Depth: 0.24 inch (6.1 mm)
  • Height: 7.87 inches (200 mm)
  • Width: 5.3 inches (134.7 mm)
  • Depth: 0.29 inch (7.5 mm)
Weight
  • Weight (Wi‑Fi): 0.96 pounds (478 g)
  • Weight (Wi‑Fi + Cellular): 0.98 pounds (444 g)
  • Weight (Wi‑Fi): 0.73 pounds (331 g)
  • Weight (Wi‑Fi + Cellular): 0.75 pounds (341 g)
Display
  •     Retina display
  •     9.7‑inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology
  •     2048-by-1536 resolution at 264 ppi
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Fully laminated display
  • Antireflective coating
  •     Retina display
  •     7.9‑inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology
  •     2048-by-1536 resolution at 326 ppi
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
Chip
  • A8X chip with 64-bit architecture and M8 motion coprocessor
  • 64-bit architecture, dual-core A7 chip
  • M7 motion coprocessor
RAM 2GB (to be confirmed) 1GB (if the same as iPad mini 2)
iSight Camera
  • 8MP photos
  • Autofocus
  • Improved Face detection
  • Backside illumination
  • Five-element lens
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • Tap to focus
  • Exposure control
  • Panorama (up to 43MP)
  • Burst mode
  • Photo and video geotagging
  • Timer mode
  • 5MP iSight camera
  • Autofocus
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination
  • Five-element lens
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • Tap to focus video or still images
  • Tap to control exposure for video or still images
  • Photo and video geotagging
  • HDR photos
  • Timer mode
  • Panorama
FaceTime Camera
  • 1.2MP photos
  • ƒ/2.2 aperture
  • 720p HD video
  • Auto HDR photos and videos
  • FaceTime video calling over Wi‑Fi or cellular
  • Improved face detection
  • Burst mode
  • Backside illumination
  • Exposure Control
  • Timer mode
  • 1.2MP photos
  • 720p HD video
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination
  • Tap to control exposure for video or still images
  • Photo and video geotagging
  • Panorama
  • Timer mode
Video Recording
  • 1080p HD (30fps)
  • Slo-mo (120fps)
  • Time-lapse video
  • Video image stabilization
  • Improved face detection
  • 3x video zoom
  • Video geotagging
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • Video stabilization
  • Face detection
  • Tap to focus while recording
  • Backside illumination
  • 3x video zoom
  • Time-lapse video
Battery Capacity 27.3 Whr (mAh to be confirmed) 6,471 mAh (if the same as iPad mini 2)
Battery Life Wi-Fi model:

  • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‑Fi, watching video, or listening to music
  • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system

Wi-Fi+Cellular model:

  • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‑Fi, watching video, or listening to music
  • Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network
  • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system
Wi-Fi model:

  • Built-in 23.8-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
  • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‑Fi, watching video, or listening to music
  • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system

Wi-Fi + Cellular model:

  • Built-in 23.8-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
  • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‑Fi, watching video, or listening to music
  • Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network
  • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system
Wireless
  • Wi‑Fi (802.11a/b/g/n; 802.11n on 2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO
  • Bluetooth 4.0 technology
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO
  • Bluetooth 4.0 technology
Cellular
  • UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900 MHz)
  • LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26)
  • UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900 MHz)
  • LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26)
  • Data only
  • Includes Apple SIM — U.S. and UK only
Sensors
  •     Three-axis gyro
  •     Accelerometer
  •     Ambient light sensor
  • Touch ID
  • Barometer
  •     Three-axis gyro
  •     Accelerometer
  •     Ambient light sensor
  • Touch ID
Connector Lightning Lightning
Colors Silver, Space Gray, Gold Silver, Space Gray, Gold

The main features of the iPad Air 2 are a Retina display with second-generation 64-bit architecture based on the improved Apple A8X processor and M8 motion processor, in addition to a Touch ID fingerprint scanner, gold color option, ultra-thin 6.1mm design, improved 8-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera and more.

Meanwhile, the iPad mini 3 is very much on the back burner for Apple as the Cupertino-based company made no improvements to the design or hardware specifications of the tablet. It remains to be seen if customers will be overly interested in the latest iPad mini, given that its only additions are a Touch ID fingerprint scanner and fancy gold color.

Which tablet do you prefer: the iPad Air or iPad mini?

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  • atheisttoo

    Why have a Airport Extreme with wifi ac. support, make it work with iphone 6 & plus and ipad air 2, imac and macbook pro but NOT the ipad mini 3!? Is this the infamous product diversity discrimination implemented by Apple 2.5? Just buy a iphone plus and lose the ipad mini.