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Apple iPad Mini 3 Technical Specifications

Apple iPad Mini 3 Technical Specifications
Brand: Apple
Category: Apple iPad
  • CPU Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based)
  • RAM 1 GB
  • Camera 5MP 1080p
  • Storage 16/64/128 GB
  • Display 7.9" 1536x2048 pixels
  • OS iOS 8.1, up to iPadOS 12.5.5
  • Battery 6470mAh Li-Po

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Apple iPad Mini 3 Review and Features

The iPad Mini 3 (stylized and marketed as iPad mini 3) is the third-generation iPad Mini tablet computer designed, developed and marketed by Apple Inc. It was announced alongside the iPad Air 2 on October 16, 2014, and released on October 22.

It uses primarily the same design and hardware as that of its predecessor, the iPad Mini 2. Its new features are the addition of the Touch ID sensor compatible with Apple Pay, differing storage sizes and being available in gold color, as well as the previous colors.

On September 9, 2015, the iPad Mini 3 was discontinued and replaced by the iPad Mini 4.

The iPad Mini 3 uses almost exactly the same design as that of the iPad Mini 2, with the addition of Touch ID. Additionally, with the announcement of the iPad Mini 3 and the iPad Air 2, Apple added the gold color option to the existing silver and space gray color choices of iPads.

The iPad mini 3 comes with the iOS 8.1 operating system preinstalled. It comes with several built-in applications, which are Camera, Photos, Messages, FaceTime, Mail, Music, Safari, Maps, Siri, Calendar, iTunes Store, App Store, Notes, Contacts, iBooks, Game Center, Reminders, Clock, Videos, Newsstand, Photo Booth and Podcasts.

The Apple App Store, a digital application distribution platform for iOS, allows users to browse and download applications made by various developers from the iTunes Store.

Additional apps made by Apple itself are available for free download, which are iMovie, GarageBand, iTunes U, Find My iPhone, Find My Friends, Apple Store, Trailers, Remote, and the iWork apps (Pages, Keynote, and Numbers).

Like all iOS devices, the iPad Mini 3 can also sync content and other data with a Mac or PC using iTunes. Although the tablet is not designed to make phone calls over a cellular network, users can use a headset or the built-in speaker and microphone to place phone calls over Wi-Fi or cellular using a VoIP application such as Skype (if hardware supported).

The iPad Mini 3 includes a version of Apple Pay with the built-in NFC functionality removed.

Siri, an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator, is integrated into the device and it can be activated hands-free. The application uses a natural language user interface to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions by delegating requests to a set of Web services. Apple claims that the software adapts to the user’s individual preferences over time and personalizes results.

Additionally, Siri can identify songs by using Shazam to listen to any song playing nearby. Siri then stores a list of any songs it has managed to identify on iTunes.

Facebook and Twitter come integrated through Apple’s native apps. Facebook features can be directly accessed from within native apps such as Calendar which can sync Facebook events, or use Facebook’s like button from within the Apple App Store. The iPad Mini 3 also got iOS 9-12. The iPad Mini 3 did not get iPadOS 13.

iPad Mini 3 uses nearly the same hardware as the iPad Mini 2, the main exception being the addition of the Touch ID sensor. It has a 7.9″ retina display with 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution at 326 PPI. The iPad Mini 3 also uses the A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and the M7 motion coprocessor. It has a 5MP iSight Camera capable of recording 1080p HD video and a 1.2MP FaceTime HD Camera capable of recording 720p HD video.

The new Touch ID sensor detects the user’s fingerprint and can be used instead of a passcode to unlock the iPad. Touch ID on the iPad Mini 3 is also compatible with Apple Pay and can be used to authorize purchases in online apps only with fingerprint verification, as opposed to entering passwords.

The iPad Mini 3 is available with storage options of 16, 64 or 128GB and has no expansion option. Apple has released a “camera connection kit” with an SD card reader, but it can only be used to transfer photos and videos to an iPad.

What are the specifications of the Apple iPad Mini 3 tablet?

Here’s a summary of the technical specifications for the Apple iPad Mini 3 tablet:

  • Processor/CPU: Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based) Apple A7
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Internal Storage: 16 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
  • Display/Resolution: 7.9″ 1536×2048 pixels
  • GPU/Graphics: PowerVR G6430
  • Camera: 5MP 1080p
  • Battery: Li-Po 6470 mAh
  • Colours: Space Gray/Black, Silver/White

Full Technical Specifications

General

Device Type Tablet Computer
Models A1599, A1600, iPad4,7, iPad4,8, iPad4,9
Versions: Apple iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular (3G/LTE); Apple iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi, w/o GPS)
Announced 16 October, 2014
Released 22 October, 2014
Status Discontinued
Predecessor iPad Mini 2
Successor iPad Mini 4
Generation 3rd

Design

Type <strong>Design Type</strong> called form factor refers to a mobile phone's size, shape, and style as well as the layout and position of major components of phone. There are three major form factors seen in mobile phones => bar phones, folding phones and sliding phones. Bar
Width 200 mm (millimeters)
20 cm (centimeters)
0.656 ft (feet)
7.874 in (inches)
Height 134.7 mm (millimeters)
13.47 cm (centimeters)
0.442 ft (feet)
5.303 in (inches)
Thickness 7.5 mm (millimeters)
0.75 cm (centimeters)
0.025 ft (feet)
0.295 in (inches)
Volume 202.05 cm³ (cubic centimeters)
12.27 in³ (cubic inches)
Weight 341 g (grams)
0.75 lbs (pounds)
12.03 oz (ounces)
331 g (Wi-Fi) / 341 g (3G/LTE) (11.68 oz)
Protection Oleophobic coating
Aluminium alloy
Colors Space Gray/Black
Silver/White
Gold

Network

SIM <strong>SIM</strong> (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages. Nano SIM
Number of SIM cards 1
GSM GSM 850 MHz
GSM 900 MHz
GSM 1800 MHz
GSM 1900 MHz
CDMA CDMA 800 MHz
CDMA 1900 MHz
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A
1xEV-DO Rev. B
UMTS (3G) UMTS 850 MHz
UMTS 900 MHz
UMTS 1700/2100 MHz
UMTS 1900 MHz
UMTS 2100 MHz
LTE (4G) LTE 700 MHz Class 13
LTE 700 MHz Class 17
LTE 800 MHz
LTE 850 MHz
LTE 900 MHz
LTE 1700/2100 MHz
LTE 1800 MHz
LTE 1900 MHz
LTE 2100 MHz
LTE 2600 MHz
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Display

Display Type <strong>Display Technology => </strong> A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor) IPS LCD
Size 7.9 inch
Resolution 1536 x 2048 pixels
Display Colors <strong>Display Colors</strong> is refers to the number of different shades of colors that the screen is capable of displaying => 64K colors, 256K colors and 16 million colors, Obviously 16M is highest available range of colors and better than others. 24 bit, 16777216 colors
Aspect Ratio 4:3 ratio
Display area (~71.7% screen-to-body ratio)
Pixel Density <strong>Pixel Density (PPI)</strong> is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality. 324 PPI density
Display Protection <strong>Display Protection => </strong> Gorilla Glass is a special alkali-aluminosilicate glass shield with exceptional damage resistance that helps protect mobile displays from scratches, drops, and bumps of everyday use, It is always better to go for a smartphone with Gorilla Glass for that added protection and peace of mind. Oleophobic coating
Features Capacitive
Multi-touch
Oleophobic (lipophobic) coating
LED-backlit
Retina display

Media

Audio File Formats AAC (Advanced Audio Coding)
eAAC+ / aacPlus v2 / HE-AAC v2
M4A (MPEG-4 Audio, .m4a)
MP3 (MPEG-2 Audio Layer II, .mp3)
WAV (Waveform Audio File Format, .wav, .wave)
Video File Formats AVI (Audio Video Interleaved, .avi)
H.263
H.264 / MPEG-4 Part 10 / AVC video
QuickTime (.mov, .qt)
MPEG-4
FM Radio No
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm Audio jack Yes
Audio Features Loudspeaker
Stereo speakers

Rear Camera

Number of cameras 1
Sensor type CMOS BSI (backside illumination)
Main cameras 5 MP, f/2.4, 32mm (standard), AF
Aperture f/2.4
Number of lenses 5
Image Resolution 2594 x 1944 pixels
5.04 MP (megapixels)
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
2.07 MP (megapixels)
Video FPS 30 fps (frames per second)
Other features Autofocus
Digital image stabilization
Geotagging
Panorama
HDR
Touch focus
Face detection
Exposure compensation
Self-timer
IR filter

Front/Selfie Camera

Number of cameras 1
Main cameras 1.2 MP
Video Resolution 1280 x 720 pixels
0.92 MP (megapixels)
Video FPS 30 fps (frames per second)

Software

Operating System <strong>OS => </strong> Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device. iOS 8.1, upgradable to iPadOS 12.5.5
User Interface <strong>UI</strong> or user interface of a device is the look and feel of the on-screen menu system. How it works, its color scheme, how it responds to button presses, all of these things are part of the user interface. Apple iPad OS

Hardware

Chipset <strong>Chipset</strong> is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming. Apple A7 APL0698, M7 motion coprocessor
SoC Process Technology 28 nm (nanometers)
CPU <strong>CPU</strong> (Central Processing Unit) mostly known as processors, CPU processes instructions in order to carry out certain functions that make your device operate properly. Processors are often described as the brain of computers, smartphones and tablets, Smartphones and tablets rely on processors to carry out their every task, Processors are an incredibly important factor in selecting any type of computing device, including your smartphone. Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based)
CPU bits 64 bit
CPU cores 2
CPU frequency 1300 MHz (megahertz)
Level 1 cache memory (L1) 64 KB + 64 KB (kilobytes)
Level 2 cache memory (L2) 1024 KB (kilobytes)
1 MB (megabytes)
Level 3 cache memory (L3) 4096 KB (kilobytes)
4 MB (megabytes)
GPU <strong>GPU</strong> (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion. PowerVR G6430 (quad-core graphics)
GPU cores 4
GPU frequency 200 MHz (megahertz)
RAM (Memory) <strong>RAM</strong> (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. 1 GB
RAM Type LPDDR3 SDRAM
Internal Storage <strong>Internal Storage</strong> is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored. 16/64/128 GB
Card Slot <strong>Memory Card Slot</strong> is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras. No
Sensors <strong>Sensors</strong> are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device. Light
Accelerometer
Compass
Gyroscope
Fingerprint
Hall

Connectivity

Bluetooth Version 4.0
Bluetooth Features <strong>Bluetooth</strong> is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices. A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile)
EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
Infrared <strong>Infrared</strong> connectivity is an old wireless technology used to connect two electronic devices. It uses a beam of infrared light to transmit information and so requires direct line of sight and operates only at close range. No
Wi-Fi <strong>Wi-Fi</strong> is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world. 802.11a (IEEE 802.11a-1999)
802.11b (IEEE 802.11b-1999)
802.11g (IEEE 802.11g-2003)
802.11n (IEEE 802.11n-2009)
802.11n 5GHz
Dual band
Wi-Fi Hotspot
USB Lightning, USB 2.0
GPS <strong>GPS</strong> The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky. GPS
A-GPS
GLONASS
NFC <strong>NFC</strong> (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inch.
HDMI <strong>HDMI</strong> (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a compact audio/video interface for transferring uncompressed video data and compressed or uncompressed digital audio data from a HDMI-compliant source device to a compatible computer monitor, video projector, digital television, or digital audio device. No

Battery

Battery Type <strong>Battery Type => </strong> Cell phones run on various kinds of batteries depending on the manufacturer, phone size or shape and features. There are basically four types of cell phone batteries => Lithium Polymer, Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium. Li-Poly (Lithium Polymer)
Capacity <strong>Battery Capacity</strong> is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions. Li-Po 6470 mAh, (24.3 Wh)
Placement Non-removable

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