Inspection of the iPad’s internal components has revealed that the device comes equipped with two distinct speakers. Apple has only said that the device has a “built-in speaker.”
According to ifixit.com, the dual speakers will provide stereo sound. There are two small sealed channels that will direct the sound towards three audio ports. Apple has given the following specifications concerning the iPad’s audio:
- Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
- Audio formats supported: HE-AAC (V1), AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
- User-configurable maximum volume limit
One of the accessibility options is mono audio, which means that users with hearing impairments can combine the sound from both speakers into a single signal played into both ears. This implies that the iPad would normally have stereo sound.
(One last thing I would like to point out to readers is the source for this story: it’s from a website called “The iPad Guide.” The device isn’t even released and websites are already devoted to it!)
Via The iPad Guide, image via The iPad Guide.