It may have been the world’s worst-kept secret but at least now it’s official, with Apple finally announcing today that it will be releasing the iPad mini 3 alongside the iPad Air 2.
As Engadget notes, due to various leaks, there were few, if any, surprises for Apple to announce about the forthcoming iPad mini 3, which retains the same A7 processor as last year, and the same 5-megapixel iSight camera.
As far as any notable additions to Apple’s smallest tablet, Apple announced that Touch ID would indeed be coming to the latest model, as had been widely rumoured. Also new to the range is a very smart-looking gold-coloured model, bringing the iPad mini range into line with that of the iPhone, with gold, silver and space gray metallic finishes to choose from.
As far as availability is concerned, the iPad Mini 3, along with the iPad Air 2, will be available to pre-order in the following 29 countries from Friday, October 17, for launch sometime next week:
US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China (Wi-Fi models only), Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau (Wi-Fi models only), Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
The new iPads will be available in Croatia, Greece, Puerto Rico, Russia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and other countries still to be announced later in the year.
Here’s all the pricing details for both iPads directly from Apple:
Sources: Apple, http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/16/apple-ipad-mini-3-official/