Apple is tweaking the design of its previous mid-size tablet and is calling the result the iPad mini 3. The only noticeable change is the addition of Touch ID, the company’s biometric security system.
Touch ID appeared first in last year’s iPhone 5S, but is now being expanded across more Apple products. It’s a highlight of the iPad Air 2, which was also announced today.
The system requires a fingerprint scanner to be built into the Home button. With this, users can unlock their device with a swipe of their finger. It can also be used to authorize purchases, or give the user access to secured apps.
Aside from the addition of Touch ID, Apple’s latest will essentially be identical to last year’s iPad mini with Retina Display, which has now been redubbed the iPad mini 2. Like its predecessor, it will have a 7.9-inch, 2048 x 1536 touchscreen, and run the soon-to-be-released iOS 8.1 on an Apple A7 processor.
Price and Availability
The Apple iPad mini 3 will be available for pre-order tomorrow, October 17. Apple says shipments will begin next week.
A 16 GB, Wi-Fi-only version is going to cost $399. There won’t be a version with 32 GB of internal storage, but one with 64 GB will be $499, and a 128 GB one will be $599. It will cost an addition $130 to add 4G LTE to any of these.