Haven’t we been here be­fore?

THE NEW IPAD MINI HAS FI­NALLY AP­PEARED. GOOD NEWS, BUT IT SEEMS AW­FULLY FA­MIL­IAR...

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TOUCH Y SUB­JECT GO FOR GOLD IN­NER SPACE Use TouchID to se­cure your The mini 3 is avail­able Mu­chos movies? Too many in­ner­most thoughts and get in gold. Austin Pow­ers’ third tunes? You’ll need the ready to pay on­line us­ing en­emy wouldn’t be able ex­tra 128GB space only the only your fin­ger next year to con­tain him­self mini 3 can of­fer

Ap­ple’s iPad mini will al­ways sit in the (now slightly smaller) shadow of the iPad Air.

That was OK last year as, like the meaner side­kick to the clever lead, it packed more than enough punch. But things have changed. This year, Ap­ple must have thought it was onto a good thing by pretty much chang­ing noth­ing bar peel­ing off the ‘mini with Retina’ la­bel and slap­ping a ‘mini 3’ sticker on top, be­fore plac­ing it back on the shelves.

After all, the mini 3 has the same pro­ces­sor, same screen, same shell, same bat­tery and even the same smell (al­legedly) as its pre­de­ces­sor. In fact, all that’s changed is its abil­ity to scan your dig­its. And it comes in gold.

But does that make it a bad tablet? No, it doesn’t. This is still an iPad we’re talk­ing about – it mat­ters not what ap­pears on the spec sheet, but what you can ac­tu­ally do with it. And with ac­cess to Ap­ple’s be­wil­der­ingly bril­liant sweet shop of apps, the mini 3 has the abil­ity to per­form ad­mirably no mat­ter what task you’re at­tempt­ing, and we’re yet to find a game it strug­gles to play.

But here’s the kicker: Ap­ple’s sell­ing last year’s model (now of­fi­cially called the iPad mini 2, which should save a few mis­taken pur­chases) at a much cheaper price, so un­less you’re des­per­ate to se­cure your shiny pre­cious with only your finger­print we’d ar­gue you’re bet­ter off with the almost-in­den­ti­cal-butcheaper mini 2. FROM $499, AP­PLE.COM/AU, OUT NOW LOVE Com­pact size. Se­cure TouchID. Nice de­sign HATE Pretty much un­changed from iPad mini 2. Old CPU. The price is high T3 SAYS: A bril­liant iPad, last time. With very few up­grades and the last model still avail­able, it’s hard to rec­om­mend the new mini

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