Speakers, Connectors, and Cameras on Your iPad Tablet

In addition to the touchscreen, there are other physical features of your iPad or iPad mini that you need to get to know. For starters, the tablet’s bottom panel has the following two features (This figure shows the bottom panel on the iPad mini):

  • Speaker. The iPad has a single speaker to the right of the Lightning connector, while the iPad mini has a two-speaker stereo system — one on each side of the connector. This is where the sound is broadcast when you listen to music, ask Siri something, or talk to someone over FaceTime.

  • Lightning connector. This feature is on the bottom panel of the tablet in the center. This is where you connect the USB cable to either charge your tablet or hook it up to a computer.

    The bottom panel on the iPad mini houses two speakers and the Lightning connector.
    The bottom panel on the iPad mini houses two speakers and the Lightning connector.

Because the speaker is at the bottom of the tablet, you may have trouble hearing it. In that case, hold the iPad or iPad mini so that the bottom panel is facing you, which should give you better sound quality.

The top panel of the iPad and iPad mini is home to the Sleep/Wake button, as well as the following features shown in this figure:

The top panel houses the Sleep/Wake button, as well as the headset jack and microphone.
The top panel houses the Sleep/Wake button, as well as the headset jack and microphone.
  • Headset jack. The headset jack is located at the left of the top panel of the iPad or iPad mini. This is where you plug in the earbuds that came with your tablet to listen to music. You can also use this jack to plug in any other headset or headphones that use a 3.5mm stereo audio jack.

  • Microphone. This feature is located on the top of your tablet in the middle of the top panel. This is where the iPad or iPad mini picks up your voice for FaceTime calls and anything else that requires you to speak.

The front of the tablet holds the Home button, but it also holds the front camera, as shown in the next figure. This is one of two cameras on the iPad and iPad mini. You can use this one to take pictures of yourself (and perhaps a nearby friend or loved one) or to conduct FaceTime video calls.

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The back of the tablet is home to the rear camera, as shown in this figure. This camera has a much higher resolution than the front camera, so you’ll probably use it to take most of your photos.

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As you might imagine, the screen is a fingerprint magnet and it will become smeared, so get yourself a polishing cloth to make short work of these smudges. As far as more serious marks go, the screen is made of a chemically treated, optical-quality glass that helps protect the screen from scratches.