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Apple announces the iPad mini 3

iPad mini 3 Release Date Price

The second Apple event of the fall is underway and the company has already unveiled the iPad Air 2. Next up is the second tablet of the day — the iPad mini 3. The latest iPad mini didn’t get much stage time, but Apple delved into a few specifications: the iPad mini 3 will feature a 7.9-inch Retina display, 5-megapixel iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording capabilities, FaceTime HD camera, 802.11n WiFi with MIMO and, of course, Touch ID.

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Much like the iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 3 will be available in silver, space gray and gold. It will start at $399 for the 16GB version, $499 for 64GB and $599 for 128GB. The cellular models will retail for $130 more each: $529 for 16GB, $629 for 64GB and $729 for 128GB.

When the iPad mini 3 launches, the iPad mini 2 (also known as the Retina iPad mini) will drop to $299. The original iPad mini will drop even further to $249.

Preorders for the iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2 begin on Friday, October 17th and and will begin shipping next week.

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.