Differences between ipad mini 2 and ipad mini 3

*

máy tính bảng iPad mini Q&A

Update Published October 23, 2019

All Apple Q&As >> Máy tính bảng iPad mini Q&A (Home) | Also see: All iPad tablet Specs

To be notified of new Q&As, sign up for thosanhuyenthoai.vn"s bimonthly tin nhắn danh sách.

You watching: Differences between ipad mini 2 and ipad mini 3

If you find this page useful, pleaseBookmark & Shareit.Thank you.


What are all the differences between the iPad tablet mini 2 & máy tính bảng iPad mini 3?

Please note that the máy tính bảng ipad mini 2 and ipad mini 3 both have sầu been discontinued. This Q&A has been updated with the latest on iOS tư vấn and more và can be quite useful for anyone buying or selling either mã sản phẩm on the used market.

The iPad tablet mini 2 models -- the ipad mini 2 (Wi-Fi Only), (Wi-Fi/Cellular), và (Wi-Fi/Cellular - China) -- and the iPad mini 3 models -- the iPad tablet mini 3 (Wi-Fi Only), (Wi-Fi/Cellular), và (Wi-Fi/Cellular, China) -- have sầu a great deal in comtháng.

In fact, it certainly seems that Apple must have decided the Máy tính bảng iPad mini 2 was too competitive sầu with the higher end Máy tính bảng iPad Air series & barely changed the ipad tablet mini line in 2014 in order to lớn reduce the relative value of the smaller models compared lớn their higher-kết thúc contemporaries.The Máy tính bảng iPad mini 4, first introduced in năm ngoái, was a much more significant nâng cấp compared to the iPad mini 3.

*
Photo lớn Credit: Apple, Inc. (iPad tablet mini 2 - Silver Màu sắc Option)

The shorchạy thử answer is that the máy tính bảng iPad mini 2 and máy tính bảng iPad mini 3 models are different mainly because of the addition of a màu vàng option and a "Touch ID" fingerprint sensor for the iPad mini 3. However, these models also have different identifiers, different iOS support options, & different capacities as well as different introductory và subsequent prices. There are many similarities that you may lượt thích to lớn evaluate, too.

External Similarities & Differences

All iPad mini 2 & máy tính bảng iPad mini 3 models use the same thin case design with softly rounded corners and sides and weigh approximately three fourths of a pound.

However, the máy tính bảng ipad mini 2 only uses a White front & a silver colored baông xã or a blaông xã front & a "Space" gray baông xã whereas the ipad mini 3 was also available with a trắng front and a gold colored baông chồng in addition lớn the iPad mini 2 color options.

*
Photo Credit: Apple, Inc. (iPad mini 3 - Gold màu sắc Option)

The máy tính bảng iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3 have the same dual cameras -- the rear-mounted 1080p 5 megapixel "iSight" & front-mounted 720p 1.2 megapx "FaceTime HD" -- are identical.

As mentioned earlier, the ipad tablet mini 3 models also add a "cảm biến ID" fingerprint sensor embedded in the "Home" button.

Internal Similarities và Differences

All iPad tablet mini 2 và ipad tablet mini 3 devices have sầu a 7.9" IPS LED-backlit 2048x1536 (326 ppi) "Retina" display, dual core, 64-bit 1.3 GHz Apple A7 processor and M7 motion coprocessor, 1 GB of RAM, and 2.4 GHz và 5 GHz 802.11n MIMO Wi-Fi support as well as công nghệ Bluetooth không dây 4.0 capability.

Originally, the Máy tính bảng iPad mini 2 was available with 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, or 128 GB of storage, but Apple discontinued the 64 GB & 128 GB options upon introducing the ipad mini 3 and discontinued it altogether on March 21, 2017. The iPad mini 3 was available with 16 GB, 64 GB, or 128 GB of storage (but not 32 GB).

Identification Differences

It is possible khổng lồ visually distinguish between the Máy tính bảng iPad mini 2 và máy tính bảng ipad mini 3 because of the "cảm ứng ID" button on the iPad tablet mini 3 line, but as subsequent models also have sầu cảm ứng ID and can be easy lớn mistake for one another when not side-by-side, visual identification is not a good long-term method for differentiation.

Furthermore, it is not possible to visually differentiate between the global và China-only cellular capable models in each line, which has become more-and-more of an issue as models have sầu made their way around the world on the secondary market.

Instead, one of the best methods for external identification is via Model Number. Model numbers are provided in tiny type toward the bottom of the bachồng of each iPad mini:

iPad

Model Number

máy tính bảng iPad mini 2 (Wi-Fi Only)

A1489

iPad mini 2 (Wi-Fi/Cellular)

A1490

Máy tính bảng iPad mini 2 (Wi-Fi/Cellular - China)

A1491

iPad mini 3 (Wi-Fi Only)

A1599

iPad mini 3 (Wi-Fi/Cellular)

A1600

Máy tính bảng iPad mini 3 (Wi-Fi/Cellular - China)

A1601

The iPad tablet mini 2 và iPad mini 3 models can be differentiated by other identifiers as well, such as the Order Number, which can be located by selecting the Settings phầm mềm and pressing General > About and scrolling down to lớn what is specified as "Model" within the iOS. For example, the global Wi-Fi/Cellular configuration of the iPad mini 3 in black & gray with 16 GB of storage is MH3E2LL/A.

To pinpoint an exact ipad by a variety of different identifiers -- including its Serial Number -- please refer lớn the Ultimate iLookup feature as well as the thosanhuyenthoai.vn ứng dụng available for iOS 5 or later.

Connectivity và Battery Life Differences

Connectivity and battery life is the same for the Wi-Fi only & Cellular capable models from both lines. Using Wi-Fi, the Máy tính bảng iPad mini 2 và máy tính bảng iPad mini 3 models all provide ten hours of runtime whereas the cellular capable models provide nine hours of runtime on a cellular connection.

Specifically, all Máy tính bảng iPad mini 2 & iPad mini 3 models tư vấn dual channel 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with MIMO capability as well as công nghệ Bluetooth không dây 4.0.

Specific cellular data connectivity for these models includes:

máy tính bảng ipad mini ModelNumberGSMEDGEUMTS/HSPA+DC-HSDPA CDMA EV-DOLTE Bands4G
2 (Wi-Fi Only) A1489NoneNoneNoneNone
2 (Wi-Fi/Cellular)A1490850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz800, 1900 MHz1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, trăng tròn, 25, 26
2 (China Mobile) A1491850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz, TD-SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A)None38, 39 (TD-LTE)
3 (Wi-Fi Only)A1599NoneNoneNoneNone
3 (Wi-Fi/Cellular)A1600850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz800, 1900 MHz1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26
3 (Trung Quốc Mobile)A1601850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz, TD-SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A)None38, 39 (TD-LTE)

All models with cellular connectivity support A-GPS, as well, whereas the Wi-Fi only models do not.

The cellular capable models all are unlocked and can be switched between carriers with a compatible Nano SIM card. However, some carriers still may require activation or configuration before the ipad will work properly -- or at all -- on their network. The Đài Loan Trung Quốc specific models are intended for use only in mainl& China on Đài Loan Trung Quốc sản phẩm điện thoại.

See more: Đại Ca Giang Hồ Sài Gòn Bị Bắt Trùm Giang Hồ Sài Gòn Từng Có Tiền Án Giết Người

It also is worth noting that in the US và UK, if purchased from Apple or an Apple Authorized Reseller -- like site sponsor Adorama -- the cellular capable iPad tablet mini 3 also shipped with a then new "Apple SIM" that is designed lớn support multiple carriers via a single Apple-issued Nano SIM card, but in practice it has a frustrating list of limitations imposed by some carriers. The iPad tablet mini 2 shipped with an "old fashioned" single carrier Nano SIM, even after its .

iOS Support Differences

The ipad tablet mini 2 models first shipped with iOS 7.0.3 whereas the iPad mini 3 models first shipped with iOS 8.1 và cannot run the earlier iOS 7 operating system.

The ipad tablet mini 2 models are fully supported by iOS 8 with the exception of the "Health" và "Apple Pay" features, whereas the máy tính bảng iPad mini 3 models also do not support "Health" although they vì support Apple Pay, albeit only for apps & not for use within retail stores.

The ipad tablet mini 2 và iPad tablet mini 3 models also are fully supported by iOS 9 with the exception of the significant "Split View" interface option (& maintain the same feature "Health" & "Apple Pay" limitations from iOS 8, as well).

The iPad mini 2 và ipad tablet mini 3 models additionally are supported by iOS 10, but neither support the minor "Raise khổng lồ Wake" & Ride-Booking features. The Máy tính bảng iPad mini 2 và máy tính bảng ipad mini 3 both are supported by iOS 11 and iOS 12, too.

However, neither the iPad tablet mini 2 or ipad tablet mini 3 are supported by iOS 13 (iPadOS) or later versions of the iOS. They cannot run the current version of the iOS.

Pricing Differences

All color options within each line originally cost the same amount. Pricing within lines only was differentiated by capađô thị và connectivity.

Original Prices

When the Máy tính bảng iPad mini 2 models were introduced, they were priced accordingly:

Máy tính bảng iPad mini 2 (Original Prices):16 GB32 GB64 GB128 GB
Wi-Fi Only: US$399US$499US$599US$699
Wi-Fi, Cellular và A-GPS:US$529US$629US$729US$829

năm trước Prices

When the máy tính bảng iPad mini 3 models were introduced on October 16, 2014, Apple discontinued the higher capađô thị ipad tablet mini 2 options and cut the price of the remaining ones. The máy tính bảng iPad mini 3 inherited the same price points as the Máy tính bảng iPad mini 2 line at the time of its introduction, but a 32 GB option was no longer offered:

máy tính bảng iPad mini 2:16 GB32 GB64 GB128 GB
Wi-Fi Only: US$299US$349----
Wi-Fi, Cellular & A-GPS:US$429US$479----
ipad mini 3 (Original Prices): 16 GB 64 GB 128 GB
Wi-Fi Only: US$399US$499US$599
Wi-Fi, Cellular & A-GPS: US$529US$629US$729

2015 Prices

On September 9, 2015, Apple discontinued the iPad tablet mini 3 altogether and cut the prices on the Máy tính bảng iPad mini 2 once more:

ipad tablet mini 2:16 GB32 GB64 GB128 GB
Wi-Fi Only: US$269US$319----
Wi-Fi, Cellular và A-GPS:US$399US$449----

năm nhâm thìn Prices

On September 7, năm 2016, Apple discontinued the 32 GB configuration of the ipad tablet mini 2:

máy tính bảng iPad mini 2:16 GB32 GB64 GB128 GB
Wi-Fi Only: US$269------
Wi-Fi, Cellular & A-GPS:US$399------

On March 21, 2017, Apple discontinued the iPad mini 2 entirely.

For original pricing details in dozens of other countries, please refer to lớn the iPad tablet specs page for the device of interest as well as Everyipad.com"s Global Original Prices section.

Comparison Chart

The major differences between the ipad tablet mini 2 & the ipad tablet mini 3 are summarized accordingly:

ipad mini 2ipad tablet mini 3Storage Options: Touch ID: màu sắc Options: Original iOS: Maximum iOS: Panorama: Apple Pay: Apple SIM: Model Numbers: Original Price (US):
16, 32, 64, 128 GB 16, 64, 128 GB
NoYes
White/Silver, Black/Gray White/Silver, White/Gold, Black/Gray
iOS 7iOS 8
iOS 12iOS 12
Yes (iOS 8.0.2+)Yes
NoLimited
NoYes
A1489/A1490/A1491A1599/A1600/A1601
US$399-US$829US$399-US$729

So, should I buy an máy tính bảng iPad mini 2 or an ipad mini 3?

When both models were new, the Máy tính bảng iPad mini 2 was the clear choice for most users over the ipad tablet mini 3. Now, especially because neither device supports the current version of the iOS, subsequent models are a better choice than either for most users.

However, just compared lớn each other, the iPad tablet mini 2 & iPad mini 3 have the same high unique display và connectivity, are the same tốc độ, và even have the same general thiết kế, but the ipad mini 2 originally cost US$100 less for the same 16 GB of capađô thị or US$50 less for 16 GB more capađô thị.

The máy tính bảng ipad mini 3 really only originally made sense for someone who (1) needed 64 GB or 128 GB of storage capađô thị in a small package và who did not want to lớn consider a used ipad mini 2, (2) forgot his or her password so much that the "cảm biến ID" fingerprint sensor would be well worth a US$100 premium for the reduced frustration, or (3) really loved the màu vàng.

On the used market, the Máy tính bảng iPad mini 3 is much more competitive sầu than it was when new và it is certainly worth consideration for one who does not need the much faster performance of the Máy tính bảng iPad mini 4 or subsequent models & is on a tight budget. At even lower prices, the máy tính bảng iPad mini 2 is well worth consideration, too. However, to reiterate, because neither device supports the current version of the iOS, phầm mềm support will start lớn wane. Most users would be better off buying a newer ipad mini accordingly.

ipad tablet mini Purchase & Sale Options

There are many companies that sell máy tính bảng iPad mini devices. However, purchasing from a chất lượng business with extensive Apple knowledge -- & after sales support -- will provide the best experience và save you money và time, too.

In the US, site sponsor Adorama sells new iPad tablet models with free shipping for all. OWC sells used ipad models lớn individuals & Evertek sells used máy tính bảng ipad models at bargain prices for businesses. Evertek also ships bulk orders at wholesale prices worldwide.

In the UK, site sponsor Hoxton Macs has a large number of used & refurbished Máy tính bảng iPad models with a one-year warranty and không lấy phí next day delivery throughout the UK. Delivery across Europe also is available starting at just £9.99 for two-day delivery khổng lồ France & Germany.

See more: Cách Khắc Phục Mạng Có Dấu Chấm Than Vàng Chỉ Với 3 Bước, Lỗi Biểu Tượng Mạng Bị Chấm Than Vàng

Site sponsor GoRoostr can buy your older Máy tính bảng iPad in the US. GoRoostr has an A+ rating with the BBB, offers an instant price quote, miễn phí và insured FedEx shipping, & provides same day payouts 95% of the time.

Please also see EveryiPad tablet.com"s Ultimate iComparison feature lớn dynamically compare any ipad to lớn any other iPod, iPhone, or ipad (new or old alike).