updated 03:08 pm EDT, Wed October 31, 2012
Refutes pulled Amazon claim
Apple's senior VP for worldwide product marketing, Phil Schiller, has confirmed that the iPad mini uses stereo speakers. In information comes in response to a customer email on the topic, pointing out that Apple hasn't been clear on what kind of output the Mini might use. "It is stereo," Schiller's answer reads.
The news may help explain why Amazon pulled its comparison with the Kindle Fire HD, since the web ad claimed that the Mini has a mono speaker. Indeed Apple's full-sized iPads use just a single speaker, making the Mini unique. Even the fourth-generation iPad hasn't been upgraded to stereo.