Phil Schiller Clarifies—iPad mini Has Stereo Speakers

A few days ago, Amazon posted a Kindle Fire versus iPad mini comparison chart on its homepage, slamming the device based on selectively picked out features.

Amazon’s chart pointed out a “difference” between the speakers in the Fire versus the mini.Amazon claimed that the iPad mini had a mono speaker, as compared to the Kindle Fire’s dual stereo speakers. Turns out, Amazon was wrong.

However, after the iPad mini review embargo lifted, reviewers noted that the iPad mini, unlike any of its larger predecessors, had stereo speakers. Amazon did pull its chart after this information came out, but there still was a lot of confusion around stereo or mono, since it wasn’t mentioned anywhere on Apple’s site.

An email from Phil Schiller, Apple’s marketing head, in response to a query sent by Alex, clarifies that the iPad mini indeed has stereo speakers.

Here’s Alex’s mail, as posted by 9to5Mac:

Hi Mr. Schiller, 

I understand the tech specs about iPad Mini online should cover everything, but the tech specs online neither confirm or deny the rumors of iPad Mini’s speakers being stereo. Is it possible to get confirmation from the man himself as to whether these are mono or stereo?

Here’s Schiller’s succinct reply:

It is stereo


Schiller had previously responded to customer emails regarding the lack of an ambient light sensor on the 5th gen iPod touch and the scratch prone back of the iPhone 5.

Glad that’s cleared up.