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Did you order a new Retina iPad mini? [Poll]

Did you order a Retina iPad mini?

Well, well, well. Apple sure dropped this one on us, and caught many of us – sleepy Brits included – by surprise. Just last night as we were all getting ready to bed a rumor surfaced that we might be seeing the Retina iPad mini today, and lo and behold here it is. It looks like online sales only at the moment, so, did you order yourself a new Retina iPad mini?

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How's your iPad Air battery life? [Poll]

How's your iPad Air battery life?

It has been just over a week now since the iPad Air went on sale and we first got it in our hot little hands. A hot topic of discussion for any new device is battery life; an important subject area but also something we can't talk with any education about right away. So, now we've all had chance to use it, drain it, recharge it and use it again, just how is your iPad Air battery life?

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Did the Mavericks Mail update fix your Gmail woes? [Poll]

Did the Mavericks Mail update fix your Gmail woes?

A couple of days ago Apple released the Mavericks Mail update, designed primarily to fix compatibility with Google's Gmail. I never hid my All Mail folder in Gmail, so I managed to escape the problems unscathed. It's been working fine - well, as fine as Gmail ever can in Mail.app - since beta. Other people have had nothing but problems, and apparently are still experiencing them.

So, if you use Gmail, and you use Mavericks, and you've installed the update, how's it working for you? Is Mavericks finally playing nicely with Gmail's quirky IMAP implementation, are there still a few issues you're facing, or is it still pretty much unusable for you?

Vote in the poll above and then give me the details in the comments below!

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The iMore Pebble smartwatch forum is open for business!

Pebble has hit the headlines in a big way today for iPhone owners, with a huge update that adds full support for iOS 7 Notification Center and a bunch of other cool things for developers. If you're already a Pebble owner, or if you've been swayed to buying one – like I have – after todays announcements, then come on in and join us in iMore's brand new Pebble smartwatch forum!

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Are you using a case with your new iPad Air? [Poll]

Are you using a case with your new iPad Air?

To case, or not to case, that is the question. It's the question so many of us ask ourselves whenever we purchase a new Apple device. Do we want to cover up the hotness in the name of protecting it and keeping it pristine underneath. Apple's products are made to be looked at, and the stunning new iPad Air is absolutely no exception. Everyone has their own preferences, but we want to know; are you using a case with your new iPad Air?

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How fast is your iPad Air data? (Spoiler: I'm getting 50 down, 90 down on tether!)

Apple claims that the iPad Air as their best-ever LTE 4G radio, with support for more bands in more places in a single model than ever before. While that's great if you live in one of those "more places", what most of us want to know is - how fast and how consistent is it on our networks of choice. I took my brand new iPad Air out for some LTE testing earlier today, and the results were stunning. I averaged between 30 and 50mbps on the device itself, which is on the good side of typical. When I tethered to my 2013 Haswell 13-inch MacBook Air, however, I got between 75 and 95mbps. Yeah, it not only blew the doors off the place, but blew them clear across town. That was on the Rogers network outside of Montreal, and everyone's bands and bandwidth will vary, of course. So, question time:

How fast is your iPad Air data? Let me know what carrier you're on, where, and if you can, try to run a few tests just to get a better sense of range. Either type the results below or, better yet, go post a screenshot in our official iMore forums iPad Air data speed thread.

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Which iPad Air did you get today? [Poll]

Which iPad Air did you get?

iPad Air day is drawing towards its conclusion, and hopefully by now everyone who was planning to pick one up on launch day – wherever you might be in the world – has had chance to. But now, we want to hear from you and find out which model you picked up in the end? We've been talking about how to decide which is the best model for you since the iPad Air first launched, but for many today was the time to put the talking to an end.

The iPad Air launch for pretty much everyone has been much smoother and less stressful than last months iPhone 5s launch. Stock seems to have been plentiful pretty much everywhere, and with in-store pickups and availability stretching to a number of third-party retailers as well, perhaps more of you actually found yourselves grabbing one today instead of waiting a while? Planned, off the cuff, whichever it may have been, which iPad Air did you get today?

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SMS, iMessage, BBM, Skype, Line, Twitter, Facebook: Which messaging systems do you use? [Poll]

Which messaging systems do you use?

My life is a series of dissonant beeps and buzzes. My friends and family contact me via Apple's iMessage or old-school SMS, which are at least both built into the same Messages app on iOS, and the former of which at least has a desktop app on OS X. We use Microsoft's Skype as our office phone system at Mobile Nations, so I that's firing away pretty much 24/7 as well (ironically, almost never because of our friends at Windows Phone Central). My colleagues over at CrackBerry use BlackBerry Messenger, so I get those too now. And, of course, the folks at Android Central use Google Hangouts, as do some of my legacy GTalk friends, so I get those in the Hangouts app, and erratically via Jabber in OS X Messages. (I get the occasional AIM there as well. Old school style.)

Twitter Direct Messages come in throughout the day as well. As do occasional App.net messages. Once in a while a Facebook message will join them.

Then there's the wide world of communications and chat apps which seldom if ever cross my radar. The KakaoTalk and Lines that are so popular in Asia, the WhatsApp and Pinger and WeChat as well. Hell, even the Snapchat. (This must be what my parents felt like after finding out what music I was listening to when I was a kid.)

Unlike email, there's no universal protocol that "just works-ish" in every client. Almost every messaging service is garden walled up unto itself. Even if I knew what Line was, I doubt I could just log in with my iMessage ID and suddenly have all my contacts and messages just show up in their interface. Or my Skype chats show up in BBM. Or whatever.

And that sucks, literally, because it means I have to either leave a multitude of battery-draining apps open and the notifications that go with them, or risk finding important messages too late to really do anything about them. It's fragmented. And, frankly, it's maddening.

So that brings me to this poll. How are you handling your communications? Your instant messages? Your chats? Are you using a multitude of services like me? Or have you gotten every that matters to you all in one place, and that's it? Vote up top and then give me the details below. How are you managing your messaging?

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Will you be buying an iPad Air?

Will you be buying an iPad Air?

The iPad Air launches this Friday and we want to know if you're going to order one at the stroke of midnight, line up to get your hands on it immediately, or get one at any point, at your leisure? Just like our full iPad Air preview says, it's pretty much an iPad mini gone maxi. All the 9.7-inch Retina display you want, none of the weight you don't. So, are you getting one?

If not immediately, are you going to wait and try it out first when it goes on display? This year, more than any other year, it could be hard to choose between Apple's iPad lineup. If you're not getting the iPad Air, at least not yet, is it because you've got the new Retina iPad mini on your shopping list? It's got a Retina display as well now, and in an even smaller, more mobile, 7.9-inch package.

If you're not getting a new iPad at all, is it because you're still happy with your current iPad, and aren't ready to upgrade yet? Or are you simply not interested in the iPad at all?

Vote in the poll up top, and give me the details in the comments below!

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How's your iOS 7.0.3 battery life? [Poll]

How's your iOS 7.0.3 battery life?

iOS 7.0.3 has been with us for almost a full week now, so it's about time we talked battery life. As is so often the way every time a new version of iOS drops, some people see improvements, some the exact opposite. As iOS 7 continues to update, we'd hope that the majority were in the first camp, but sadly it isn't the case. We've already discussed battery life on previous builds of iOS 7, so how does it compare now we're bumped up to 7.0.3?

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