UPDATE: The iPad event invites have gone out - the iPad mini will launch on 16 October! See: How to watch new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 launch live video stream.Apple's second-generation iPad mini tablet was released in October 2013, so as we rapidly approach its first birthday, talk of a new iPad mini 3 is hotting up. There are several rumours about what the new iPad mini 2014 will be like, so here we bring you the latest iPad mini 3 release date, price and specs rumours so you know what to expect. See also: The best tablets of 2014.
First up, it's probably not going to be called the iPad mini 3 - the iPad mini 2 is actually called iPad mini with Retina display - but for the purpose of this article that's what we'll be referring to the new 7in tablet as. Read on to find out everything we know so far about the iPad mini 3. See also: Apple iPad mini 2 Retina vs iPad mini comparison review.
iPad mini 3 release date: When is the new iPad mini coming out?
The invites have now gone out, so you can expect the iPad mini 3 to be unveiled on 16 October. We'll be holding a live blog that evening, bringing you all the iPad news as it arrives.
Even before the confirmation, we were fairly certain the iPad mini 3 would come this month. Looking back at Apple's iPad launch history, it seems likely that the company will host a special event in October to launch both the third-generation iPad mini and a new iPad Air, before making them available to buy in November. In October 2013, Apple launched the first iPad Air and the Retina iPad mini, and in October 2012 we saw the launch of the iPad 4 and first iPad mini.
There was some speculation to suggest that Apple would unveil new iPads during its 9 September special event, but Apple stuck with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch announcements, so we're still expecting an October event for new iPads.
iPad mini 3 rumours: Design
One rumour that we've heard recently that the iPad mini 3 will be called the iPad mini Air, continuing the naming convention from the iPad Air and MacBook Air. There's talk of an iPhone Air arriving this year, too.
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