Yesterday, Apple made a series of odd decisions that have left us scratching our collective heads. The biggest question mark is the existence of the iPad mini 3. The iPad Air 2 includes the A8X chip, thinner design, new 8MP camera, anti-reflective screen, and TouchID. Of all of those additions, the iPad mini 3 only gets TouchID, meaning it has the same A7 chip, 5MP camera, and from factor as last year’s iPad mini with retina display. It doesn’t seem deserving of the “3” moniker, and the iPad mini 3 seems to just be a waste of time, and an absolute joke.
On the other hand, the iPad mini with retina display (iPad mini 2) is still on sale, but now it’s $100 cheaper. The iPad mini 2 is probably the best deal Apple offers with a $299 7.9” device with the A7 chip, 5MP camera, retina display, and 0.73 lb form factor. The only reason it’s $100 cheaper today than yesterday morning is because Apple added TouchID to the device for a new $399 edition. By foregoing TouchID, you save $100, and the positioning of the two devices emphasizes the odd choice by Apple, but gives you a good deal. You can even get a 32GB iPad mini 2 for $349, still $50 less than the 16GB iPad mini 3, and the 32GB model is $150 cheaper than it was yesterday. As a side note, the original iPad mini with A5 chip, and non retina display is still on sale, but it’s $249 instead of $199, which would have fit in nicely with the $299, and $399 pricing tiers of the mini, and $399 & $499 pricing of the iPad Air line.