The iPad mini 3 introduces Apple SIM, which gives you the flexibility to choose from a variety of short-term mobile data plans from select carriers right on your iPad, as well as download at up to 150 Mbps when away from a Wi-Fi network. You can also create your own mobile hotspot to share your mobile connection with laptops and other Wi-Fi enabled devices with Personal Hotspot.
The mini 3 features the dual-core, 64-bit A7 chip, allowing for more robust and powerful apps. Also, the A7 chip supports OpenGL ES version 3.0 so the iPad mini can enable detailed graphics and visual effects once only possible on desktop computers and game consoles.
Accompanied by the A7 chip is the M7 coprocessor, which measures the motion of the iPad mini via the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass, lightening the load of the A7 chip. This frees up the A7 chip to process multiple tasks and maintaining fast performance. The iPad mini may have the Retina Display, but it still manages to maintain its 10-hour battery life. That's because the A7 chip isn't just more powerful, it's also more efficient.
The iPad mini comes with iOS 8 and Touch ID. iOS 8 improves upon iOS 7 by adding predictive text, third-party keyboards, a redesigned Photos app, the Health app, voice and video messaging and location sharing in Messages, and more. Touch ID uses your fingerprint to unlock your device as well as make secure purchases in iTunes, iBooks, and the App Store.
With iCloud, you can sync your iPad mini to your other iOS devices and Mac computers. Push photos, download apps and continue from where you left off in iBooks with iCloud. iCloud also offers cloud storage so you can back up your contacts, photos and important documents to Apple's cloud servers. You can restore your iPad mini to a previous state using iCloud.
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