Apple users know by now that if they want rich stereo sound from their hardware, they should probably pop on some headphones or connect an external speaker dock. The iPhone series continues to employ monaural speakers, and not even larger iPads have two speakers for a full stereo experience. While in many ways the iPad mini is a shrunken-down iPad 2, one way that Apple has definitely improved on the design is by giving the iPad mini real stereo speakers, as recently confirmed by Apple.
While Apple has been short on detailed technical specifications in its public proclamations about the iPad mini, an email from Phil Schiller himself confirms that the tablet features a pair of stereo speakers. Sure, they’re still pretty close together, making it difficult to appreciate the stereo separation, but this is definitely a step in the right direction.
This news clarifies some earlier misconceptions about the iPad mini’s hardware, which had claimed it only had a mono speaker.
Could we hope to see similar stereo speakers on future iPad models, and maybe even the iPhone itself? With Apple, it’s anyone’s guess, but we’re certainly optimistic about the possibilities.
Via: 9to5 Mac