iPad mini Should I get the iPad Mini 3 now or wait till next gen?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by marker227, Oct 25, 2014.

  1. marker227 macrumors 6502

    Mar 29, 2004
    I want to start off by saying I've never owned an iPad, but I do own an iPod Touch. I've been contemplating putting an iPad Mini in my car to use as a media device with navigation. I'm in no rush, but I'm wondering since the newest iPad didn't get a processor upgrade it means I should wait till the next generation of iPads.

    I just can't see that many more upgrades for this tablet.
  2. Closingracer macrumors 68030

    Jul 13, 2010
    If this is your first and your not hurting for money the mini 3 is a good Ipad
  3. mad3inch1na macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2013
    I would recommend getting the last generation mini. Especially if you are using it in your car for music/navigation, there is little necessity for touchID, and you can get a refurbished model for 150$ less at least. This is not a year to get a new iPad mini. It is a great year to get a refurbished model.
  4. arbogast777 macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2010
    If I was getting an iPad for my car I would just get the cheapest one as it's likely to take a beating with temperature extremes, etc. A Mini 2 refurb...
  5. marker227 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 29, 2004
    I considered a refurbished model, but it doesn't have the Touch ID. I thought the Touch ID would be a very practical feature while in the car. I figured it would be faster, safer, and easier to unlock the iPad while driving.

    I'm under no pressure to buy one right now. I want to weigh all my options.
  6. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    If you can wait, I'd say wait for iPad mini 4. The mini 3 is just a half-baked update. Next year it should hopefully get at least the A8X and a matching thinner frame to the iPad Air, which should make it lighter too.
  7. marker227 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 29, 2004
    I forgot to mention that I do like how the new iPads are not locked into one type of carrier for cellular data. I realize AT&T will lock the sim to their network, but one can always replace the sim with another one.

    I may wait till the Mini 4 comes out. I do wish the bezel was as slim as the Air is.
  8. repentix macrumors regular

    May 26, 2013
    If you really need touch id or a storage capacity higher than 32gb then get the ipad mini 3, otherwise get the ipad mini 2!
  9. TJone macrumors 6502a

    Aug 2, 2010
    I think the Mini 3 is like the full size iPad 3. There will be a lot of buyers remorse as soon as the Mini 4 comes out and has significant upgrades. I would wait for the Mini 4 or buy a refurbished 2.
  10. MacBH928 macrumors 68030


    May 17, 2008
    you can always sell your mini 3, and pay the price difference for ipad mini 4 which shouldn't be much after 1 year use
  11. marker227 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 29, 2004
    That is true...

    Also, I'm looking for 128GB minimum :).

    It looks like I might just wait for the Mini 4. I'm in no rush :p.
  12. mi7chy macrumors 601


    Oct 24, 2014
    The only one worth buying is the iPad Air 2 otherwise wait for the next Mini with the same internals.
  13. Rodster macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    Good advice, no need to spend top $ on a Mini 3 with an A7 and 1GB of ram. So far the 2GB of ram on the Air 2 has made a huge difference with tab reloading.
  14. mad3inch1na, Oct 25, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2014

    mad3inch1na macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2013
    Quite frankly, an iPad mini on your dashboard is not a great idea one way or the other. I don't think TouchID will really do much for driving safety relative to other distractions the iPad will add. Now that Apple has added hands-free mode, you wouldn't need to unlock the iPad anyways, so TouchID is kind of useless tech for driving.

    Studies on distractions in the car are limited, but as a general rule of thumb, I'm almost certain you will be a more distracted driver if you have an iPad in your face. Do what you want, but I doubt TouchID or an iPad in general will make you a less distracted driver.

    Edit: Also, why get a 128GB model for navigation and music? Are you really planning to keep your whole music library on your iPad? To each his own, but you may want to consider a spotify subscription or iTunes match.
  15. taedouni macrumors 65816

    Jun 7, 2011
  16. thedeejay macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2012
    Toronto, Canada.
    Get the Mini 2. It's worth the $ and it's cheaper!
  17. jent macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2010
    Hasn't the iPad been GSM unlocked since the first generation?
  18. tuna9720 macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2008
    Imho, go get a refurb iPad mini 2 from Apple. You will see no difference between new and refurb besides the box (it says refurb). Good things are; it's a great machine, and it's $250 only and same 1 year warranty and I'm sure you'll get at least $200 from somewhere when you sell it around this time next year.
  19. Ledgem macrumors 65816


    Jan 18, 2008
    Hawaii, USA
    The iPad Air's bezel is actually styled after the iPad mini. Or perhaps you meant the thickness? (Front to back; the bezel refers to the on-screen area that borders the screen.)

    I use my iPhone as a GPS on a dash mount. The Touch ID isn't a useless feature, but if I wanted a car-based device I wouldn't pay extra for it. You have the device on and set up before you start the car, and while it used to be more common for the screen to shut off when using Siri or taking calls, with iOS 7 and 8 it almost never happens. I'd suggest either getting a mini from the last generation (although the 128 GB option might be harder to come by) or wait until the next generation.
  20. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    Rarely do I weigh in on these kinds of questions with anything other than a snarky quip, but for the first time in recent Apple history, getting the previous generation product makes more sense than getting the current one, if you want one now. And if you can wait for another year, I'd wait. I

    In all likelihood, the Mini 4 will get a respectable spec bump.

    If the Mini 3 performed like the Air 2, I'd get a Mini 3.

    Having both the Air 2 and a Mini 2, I can attest that the Air 2 is a much nicer experience all around.
  21. marker227 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 29, 2004
    The previous generation doesn't have the hardware to accommodate Verizon AND AT&T networks I thought?

    You were forced to buy the iPad that you intended on using with either a CDMA or GSM network.
  22. aPple nErd macrumors 68030

    aPple nErd

    Feb 12, 2012
    Jailbreaks/IOS Hacks
    it would be hilarious if they update the mini 3 early like with the iPad 3 to 4. I wouldn't be surprised to see the iPad mini 4 at WWDC.
  23. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    Then you'd see the meltdowns.
  24. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Just wait for 2015 iPad Mini. Can you wait? If not, iPad Mini 2 is good for you. :apple:
  25. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2011
    Bought an iPad mini 3 and happy with it. I'm still deciding if I want to upgrade the iPad Air to Air 2 or not.

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