I think you should be able to convert a topic into a private conversation. So if one person posts a topic that is personal you can easily convert into a private conversation Because it might be better to talk there
We were told a December release date, but i think that was obviously too little time, since its a complete rewrite. I dont think the wait is really worth that much, but ipb3 is really coming out to be going well.
When you are looking at pictures in ip.gallerry, they should have some text in it. Not sure if that was done on purpose. Also i thing you should arrows "←", like you use in ipboard, instead of "<". Since the two software are related, they should have those types of arrows IMO.