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5 Perks of the New iPad mini

Are you looking to upgrade your tablet? Perhaps you’re looking for your first tablet, or maybe you just want something new to add to your collection. Say hello to the iPad mini 3, and then check out these perks of owning one compared to having a simple smartphone or outdated tablet.


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The 7.9-Inch Retina Display Is the Perfect Size
Smartphones aren’t practical in all situations. The smaller screen size makes it harder to read books, play certain games, and even surf the web. At the same time, larger tablets that reach screen measurements of nearly 10 inches can prove bulkier. The Apple iPad Mini 3 has a big enough screen for appropriate tasks but a small enough size to fit easily inside a purse or small bag while on-the-go. This also makes typing easier, and the entire device is more lightweight than other models.

As another perk, it comes with a Retina display with 2048-by-1536 resolution at 326 pixels per inch. That means crystal clear graphics. While that’s the same resolution as the iPad Air 2, it’s crunched down on a smaller screen to offer even more crisp images.

It’s Equipped With Touch ID
If you’re dying for an iPad with Touch ID but don’t like the feel of the bigger iPad models, then the iPad mini 3 is the best option. Touch ID is a fingerprint identity sensor that helps secure your tablet. For one, when you place your finger on the home button, it will use your fingerprint to unlock the device. Second, the iPad can use your fingerprint to approve purchases from iTunes, helping you feel more in control and secure with your device.

There’s a 128 GB Option
Unlike most other iPad models, the iPad mini 3 comes with a 128 GB option, allowing you more space for your media and business files. The iPad mini 2 originally came with this option, but that has since been retired; so unless you’re thinking about getting a used iPad mini, the third generation is your best option if you’re looking for lots of space. A 128 GB iPad Air 2 is also on the market, but if you’re stuck on getting the smaller, more portable mini size, then stick with the iPad mini 3.

It’s Environmentally Friendly
Did you know that Apple creates products from recycled materials? Just some of the environmentally friendly options that you’ll find with this particular model include:

• Mercury-free LCD display
• Arsenic-free display glass
• BFR-free
• PVC-free
• Recyclable aluminum enclosure

These features alone should put the iPad mini 3 a bit higher on your list against competitors, especially when you’re just as concerned about your environmental impact as Apple is.

It’s Built for iOS 8
While some of the older iPad models have upgraded to iOS 8, the iPad mini 3 originally comes with iOS 8 installed. Operating system updates on older models can cause them to slow. That’s because newer operating systems have more features and therefore use more power. Older devices can’t always keep up with these software updates. But with the iPad mini 3 built to run on iOS 8, you get the perks of both the latest software and the latest hardware. Since they’re built together and work in sync, you can expect better performance on the iPad mini 3 than other versions using the iOS 8 update.

But what does having iOS 8 mean for you? It means that you’re capable of doing more with your device. You can, for instance, start a project on one device and finish it on another. With Family Sharing, up to six people can share movies, books, music, and apps among devices. Tap on a phone number or event, and instantly add it to your contacts or your calendar. The iOS 8 operating system also comes with a more user-friendly Sidebar that slides out to display your bookmarks, Reading List, and Shared Links. Plus, it comes with more keyboard options and a more intuitive Safari.

What do you like about the iPad mini 3 compared to other iPad and tablet models?

By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast, EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

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