so, two issue really.
Under sysprefs/icloud/account i have my usual Apple ID email ( which is neither an icloud or .me addy )
When I turn mail on, it prompts me with a dialogue box 'Turn on Mail - create a new @icloud.com email address to turn on iCloud Mail'
If I cancel this out - it returns to sys/prefs.
It's forcing my AppleID as the account.
Sync - I dont get anything. It does not show up in iTunes like a regular iPad. Am i to assume that the only way to synch a mini is through Wi-Fi ?
To sync your iPad mini you need iTunes 10.7 or later on your computer. iTunes 11.0.1 is currently the latest version. Do you have one of these latest versions of iTunes on your computer.
iTunes 11 changes the look of iTunes and you'll need to search for your iPad when it is connected. I 11 the iPad will show in the upper right corner of iTunes.