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Would you use a finger-print scanner on the iPhone 5S or future iPad? [Poll]

Would you use a finger-print scanner on the iPhone 5s or future iPad?

A fingerprint scanner - a biometric way to verify your identity - is one of the strongest, most likely rumors making the rounds about the upcoming iPhone 5s, widely expected to be announced by Apple this fall. Whether it's ultimately announced or not, and whether it's built into the Home button or not, the idea has been picking up speed since Apple bought biometric specialist AuthenTec last year, and will likely continue to do so up until the iPhone 5s is announced on stage.

There's a strong argument to made for a fingerprint - or more specifically, a thumbprint - scanner in the next iPhone, and even the next iPods and iPads. Entering passwords on mobile sucks. Keyboards on mobile aren't as fast as desktop keyboards, nor is the software as forgiving. That tends to make people use shorter, simpler passwords, or no passwords at all.

At the same time, mobile devices hold as much if not more personal information about us than anything that's ever come before. They're becoming our virtual identity. They need to be secure.

Questions remain about how it could be implemented, however. If in the Home button, than how will it work? If not in the Home button, than where? Would a thumb scan be enough or would/should a Passcode still be required as well. How would sharing a device, like an iPad, work for multiple family members or co-workers? How would lending a device to a friend work? Will third party apps be able to use it for authentication as well?

The most important question, though, is would you use it? What would Apple have to do - how much automagic-ness will they have to employ, to make biometric authentication as mainstream as they have smartphones, tablets, and natural language?

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What's more important to you for the next iPad mini, battery life or Retina Display? [Poll]

What's more important to you for the next iPad mini, battery life or a Retina display?

Small tablets are back in the news this week with Google's new, 1080p capable Nexus 7, prompting many folk to question why Apple can't do the same with the iPad mini. It isn't quite as simple as slapping on a 1080p display, and there are many things to consider in a theoretical Retina equipped iPad mini. One big one is battery life; Apple won't ship until they've managed to get the battery life to their liking, so we're asking you guys. What's more important to you for the next iPad mini, battery life or a Retina Display.

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Would you want an iPhone MAXX with 48-hour battery life? [Poll]

Do you want an iPhone MAXX with 48-hour battery life?

Our friends over at Android Central have been up in New York City today as Verizon has unveiled the Droid MAXX, a new Android phone from Motorola with a claimed 48-hour battery life. Remarkably, the MAXX isn't as thick as you might expect it to be, though it's got added girth to another new phone, the Droid Ultra. So, thickness or not, would you want to buy an iPhone with a 48-hour battery life?

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How do you do podcasts on your iOS device? [Poll]

How do you do podcasts on your iOS device?

Apple has just today announced 1 billion podcast subscriptions in iTunes alone, so what better opportunity to ask how you do podcasts on your iOS device? Though Apple didn't come up with the idea of a podcast themselves, the use of the word 'pod' in the term meant that it quickly became synonymous with iTunes and the iPod. As the years passed and we found ourselves in the age of iOS and the App Store, there's now a number of different ways to get our podcast fix on the go.

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If the iPad mini 2 doesn't go Retina, what other upgrades would you like to see? [Poll]

If the iPad mini 2 doesn't go Retina, what other upgrades would you like to see? [Poll]

Let's just say, for the sake of argument, that the next-generation iPad mini ships without a Retina display. Let's just say, for the sake of argument, the same factors that prevented the original version from having a Retina display - it would have made it thicker and heavier, or compromised battery life - haven't really changed. What else, then, would you like to see in the iPad mini 2?

The iPad 4 now has a 128GB storage option. Would you want that amount of space on the iPad mini? The iPhone 5 has not only a faster Apple A6 processor than the iPad mini's A5, but a much better 8mp iSight camera to the mini's 5mp shooter Would you like either of those moved over? The iPod touch comes in a far greater selection of colors than the monochromatic iPad mini. Would you like to see the mini spruced up with red, blue, and yellow? How about rumored, next generation technologies like new sensors or fingerprint readers? Do either of those appeal to you?

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What is your favorite iOS mapping solution? [Poll]

What's your favorite iOS mapping solution?

Maps are back in the news today with Google's launch of a major upgrade to their iOS maps app, so what better time to ask the question; what's your favorite iOS mapping solution? We're pretty spoiled for choice, and better still, we're spoiled for choice with free apps. Since the launch of iOS 6 Apple has replaced Google as the default maps app, and there's no question it's been a rough ride since the product first launched. Truth told, none of the mapping services are perfect in any way, but all of them have their fans.

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How big would your perfect iPhone be? [Poll]

How big would your perfect iPhone be?

Generally speaking, the size of smartphones is still increasing, so how big would your perfect iPhone be? We're talking hardware today on Talk Mobile, and one of the most noticeable parts of the spec race is display size. Until the iPhone 5 came along, we had just one choice, the 3.5-inch display, on whichever variant of the iPhone we decided to use. The iPhone 5 changed all that, and for the first time the display size increased. But, it only increased as far as 4-inches, and at launch competing smartphones were hitting the market with 4.7-inch and above displays.

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Is AirDrop in iOS 7 lacking without integration with AirDrop for Mac? [Poll]

Is AirDrop in iOS 7 lacking without integration with AirDrop for Mac?

AirDrop is coming to the iPhone and iPad finally with iOS 7, but at least for now, it doesn't integrate with AirDrop for the Mac. So, is it lacking something without this? AirDrop on Mac is something I use all the time on my own machines to throw stuff between them, and I'm pretty happy with how it works. AirDrop on iOS 7 sounds like the same exact great system, but limited to use between iOS devices. That's great, and all, but wouldn't it be even better if you could AirDrop things from your iPhone over to your Mac?

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Would you be interested in a water resistant iPhone? [Poll]

Would you be interested in a water resistant iPhone?

Would you be interested in a water resistant iPhone? Samsung has just launched a rugged, water resistant version of their flagship Galaxy S4 – be sure to check out Android Central's review – but they aren't the first OEM to dabble with a high-profile water resistant device either. Sony's recent high end offerings the Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z have both had this ability, along with a host of 2012 devices. Using a phone in or near water seems like a strange notion for many, but for some folks being able to withstand the wet stuff is essential. Previously, those people would have to settle for a lower end offering in some chunky, rough and tough package. With Samsung and Sony leading the way, would water resistance be a welcome addition to the iPhone?

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Will iBooks coming to Mavericks see you reading more from Apple's book store? [Poll]

Will iBooks coming to Mavericks see you reading more from Apple's book store?

Apple's iBooks is finally coming to the desktop with OS X Mavericks, but will it see you reading more from the iBook Store? iBooks has been with us since the introduction of the iPad back in 2010, and some 3 and a half years later it finally migrates across to OS X. As we've come to expect from Apple, iBooks on the Mac will integrate seamlessly with your iOS device, mirroring your position, highlights, bookmarks and such to all your devices through iCloud. It sounds great, especially for those who use the textbooks a lot, providing more screen real estate to look at them than on your iPad.

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