The speakers are still back facing, not user facing. The people around me here more audio (which can be extremely loud on the iPad) than myself. With my Nexus 6 phone, the speakers face toward me. I can have phone calls without everybody else hearing my conversation partner more than I do. I can watch videos without others asking me to lower the volume. This is one of the great design faux pas Apple simply is to stubborn to get rid of. That said I'll be getting it anyway, but if there was competition out there with user-facing speakers, I wouldn't.