Are you ready to turn the iPad mini up to 11? If you are, be prepared for a nice surprise. An apparent email from Apple’s Phil Schiller confirms that the tablet does feature stereo speakers, a first for any iPad.

A 9to5Mac reader had an interesting conversation with Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing:

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?

Schiller responded: “It is stereo”

Amazon incorrectly touted the speaker difference in a now-pulled ad for the Kindle Fire HD on its homepage.

Amazon's incorrect ad.

Amazon’s incorrect ad.

All four generations of the full-sized iPad only have a mono speaker. So I’m interested to hear how much better the audio sounds on the smaller tablet.

In a review of the of the iPad mini, The Verge’s Josh Toplosky liked the sound from the speakers:

All of the standard iPad button and switch placement is intact here, save for the move of the speaker grille to the bottom of the device (it’s been around back for iPads previous to this version), along with the new Lightning port. And that’s a good-sounding set of stereo speakers, by the way.

He confirmed on Twitter that the speakers are indeed stereo.

Unveiled last week at a special event in San Jose, Calif., the iPad mini will officially launch on Friday. With launch day units sold out, the best chance to grab one then would be at your local Apple Store.

Source: 9to5Mac