Birthday coming up. She wants an iPad. She likes the regular and the mini. The iPad Air 2 looks nice, it has faster graphics and processing which is nice. The battery life is purported to be good. The iPad Mini 3 looks nice as well, and is cheaper... but then the iPad Mini 2 looks identical to the iPad Mini 3 (for all intents and purposes), and it's around the $300 mark. Any input? - My main concern is the hardware difference between the iPad Minis and the iPad Air 2. My iPad 3 keyboard lags ever since iOS 7, and iOS 8 only made things worse, despite a fresh factory reset and fresh install of the operating system. I can only imagine there's a limited lifespan on each iPad in terms of how long it takes before Apple releases an update to lag the older one. - My second main concern is price, we're both still finishing up with university. - My third concern is availability... will the iPad Mini 2 be available in a month from now? Should I snag it now, if that's what I go with?