Apple unveils the iPad mini 3, priced from $399; earlier iPad minis live on

It's been a year, almost to the day, since Apple announced the iPad mini 2, bringing a high-resolution 'Retina Display' to the small tablet for the first time. We've known for a while that a new version of the device would be announced today, but Apple inadvertently confirmed as much ahead of schedule, when it prematurely posted user guides on its site yesterday.

So it was to the surprise of no-one that, alongside the new thinner iPad Air 2, Apple today announced its next-generation small tablet, the iPad mini 3. 

Like its larger sibling, the iPad mini 3 gets Touch ID for the first time, and retains its familiar 7.9-inch Retina Display. It will be available in silver, space grey and gold, and will be priced as follows: 

Wi-Fi only

  • 16GB : $399
  • 64GB : $499
  • 128GB : $599

Wi-Fi + cellular

  • 16GB : $529
  • 64GB : $629
  • 128GB : $729

The iPad mini 2 will continue to be sold from $299, and the original iPad mini will also live on, starting at $249.

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