In comparison with previous iterations, the iPad mini 3’s body design demonstrates no marked change. Dimensions still come in at 7.87 inches tall (200mm) and 5.3 inches wide (134.7 mm). Its thickness also matches that of past versions, measuring 0.29 inch (7.5mm) – not quite the slimming down we might have expected (the iPad Air 2 is the smallest of the bunch at 0.24 inches 6.1mm thick). Its max weight of 0.73 pounds for the Wi-Fi only version (the Wi-Fi plus cellular model weighs 0.75 pounds) seems yet another missed opportunity to make the mini lineup a more lightweight and palmable device.
Under the hood, it’s got an A7 chip with 64‑bit architecture and an M7 motion coprocessor that’s a more ideal engine for use with iOS 8, unlike the A5 chip that came stock with the first generation iPad mini. This is all well and good, but just bear in mind that the iPad mini 2 also includes an A7 chip with the same architecture, describing another non-improvement for the 3. Similarly to the iPad mini 2, the mini 3 comes with 1GB RAM.
Aside from its dimensions, the inclusion of a gold body option and added Touch ID home button functionality (more on that below), the iPad mini 3 is essentially a replica of the first generation iPad Air. Take away Touch ID and the option to go gold, you’re left with a more costly reproduction of the iPad mini 2