The iPad mini 3 is here - and here's everything we know about Apple's most portable tablet so far.

One year on, Apple has refreshed its most portable tablet with TouchID and a new colour option. The rest of the design and processing power remain the same, as does the price.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Apple's third iPad mini tablet
  • When is it out? Pre-orders start today, October 17 with it shipping at the start of next week
  • What will it cost? Starts at $399 for 16GB, $499 for 64GB, $599 for 128GB

iPad mini 3: release date

Apple isn't hanging around when it comes to the release date. You'll be able to pre-order the iPad mini 3 from today, and the device itself will ship early next week.

iPad mini 3: price

Pricing for the iPad mini 3 keeps to the established Apple strategy and the 16GB Wi-Fi model will start at £399. Going up to the 64GB model, the price rises to $499 and, finally, at 128GB the iPad mini 3 costs $599

iPad mini 3: display

Apple's iPad mini made the jump to a Retina Display for the last iteration and Apple has kept the display exactly the same this time around.

The 7.9-inch form factor is still in place, as is the 2,048 x 1,536 resolution. As before, you'll get 326PPI, with the usual clarity and detail for reading and browsing websites.

iPad mini 3: design

Apple has kept the design virtually identical to last year's iPad mini with Retina Display. Notable changes include the addition of the TouchID sensor and the ability to pick up the iPad mini 3 in gold.

The tablet keeps the premium aluminium chassis and thin bezels that made its predecessor so popular. Safe to say, if you liked the design of the original iPad mini with Retina Display, you're not going to be upset here.

iPad mini 3: operating system and power

The iPad mini 3 will arrive with iOS 8.1, the latest version of Apple's mobile OS. Working in conjunction with TouchID, iOS 8 brings Apple Pay to the tablet for one-touch online shopping.

In terms of power though, the iPad mini 3 keeps the A7 processor of its predecessor and Apple has held to the promise of 10 hours of battery life. The 64-bit chip is backed by the M7 co-processor pulling motion information from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass.

iPad mini 3: TouchID

As was heavily hinted, and even leaked by Apple, before the announcement, TouchID has made it to the iPad mini 3. The circular biometric scanner is added to the home button, bringing the iPad mini 3 in line with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

You will be able to set multiple fingerprints to unlock the device and verify payments on the App Store or iTunes.

If you want to see the iPad mini 3 in action, check out our hands on video below!