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iPad Mini 3 Rumors, News, and Updates: Will Apple Release Another Tiny New Tablet in 2014?

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First Posted: Mar 10, 2014 05:01 PM EDT
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Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook speaks about the new iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retnia display during an Apple event in San Francisco, California October 22, 2013.

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The iPad Mini with Retina Display is Apple's most gorgeous tablet ever. The second generation iPad Mini weighs in at just .73 pounds and its width is less than that of a pencil. Not surprisingly, the iPad Mini with Retina Display is one of the best selling tablets on the market today. But all good things must come to an end. Could Apple be prepping a successor to one of its most successful products of all time?

If Apple followed its yearly release schedule than the iPad Mini with Retina Display 2 or iPad Mini 3 should be coming out later this year. Yet, according to a report by respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, that doesn't seem to be the case. The Mini seems to be shelved until 2015 in favor of upgrading the more profitable iPad Air. 

BGR thinks differently. The gadget gossip and review website cites a chart that seems to show two new iPad models being prepped for an imminent release. Whatever the case, it would be unwise for Apple not to update its smaller tablet for 2014.

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In addition to the iPad Mini and iPad Air rumors Apple Inc. has another new product up its sleeves. Called the iPad Pro, the newest, fastest, most powerful and fittingly largest tablet from Apple Inc. will compete with the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 device.

Popular technology site Tech Radar wants to see the iPad Mini with Retina Display updated with slightly better specifications and finally include the very useful Touch ID feature. Touch ID aka Apple's name for its finger print scanner can only be found on one Apple product at the moment. That product is the iPhone 5s. The inclusion of Touch ID is more than just a minor performance bump. It radically changes the way you interact with your iDevice. Signing into your iPhone and buying products via apps has never been easier... so why not give the iPad Mini that convenience?

Strangely enough, Tech Radar wants to see one feature be removed from the best-selling tablet! The rear-facing camera it argues is unnecessary. In fact, Tech Radar would "be happier if it had NO camera and was a little bit thinner and less expensive -- plus it would stop people using their iPad as a device to take pictures in lieu of an actual camera."

Do you have your sights sets on picking up an iPad Mini 3 this spring? Or do thoughts of an update have you holding off on your purchase for a bit longer? Let us know in the comments section below.

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