That's all I have to say really Unless it's technically/physically impossible to do so, only a total doofus would think that a (now with iPad3) almost totally rear facing loudspeaker on a product is the best idea. iPad speaker port photo: http://wiredtechnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/ipad-3-speaker-1.jpg I'm not saying I love Samsung, however they have shown it's technically possible to do so in a practical way on their current models: Galaxy Tab 10.1: http://www.androidgenus.com/wp-content/uploads/GALAXY-Tab-2-10.1.jpg Galaxy Note 10.1: http://www.blugga.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Samsung-Galaxy-Note-10.1-21.jpg I accept some reading this will just say Argh, Samsung makes cheap nasty plastic junk. But I'm talking of the concept of what they have done. I'm not saying Apple should copy this exact design, but as we can see it's "Possible" Twin forward facing stereo speaker, facing towards your face/ears must, by any logical persons mind be better than a single, mono, mostly rear firing speaker, that you (and you can try this) cup your hand around to deflect the sound more forward to your ears. And to those who shout "PORTRAIT MODE" Heck, I'd still rather have front mounted speakers in portrait mode. Now Apple are not the only company to place speakers on the back, it's easy and simple to do so, but come on, let's move forward now and make things better please, esp now it's been show to be do-able.