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Skype for iPad Released, Looks Good

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Skype for iPad has been released on the iPad App Store today.

The much awaited iPad version of the hugely popular VOIP app is a free app and works over WiFi and 3G. It requires iOS 4.0 or above, and lets you send and receive video using the front or back camera on iPad 2, iPhone 4, and iPod Touch 4th gen. Here are some of its key features:

• Talk face-to-face or show what you’re seeing with front and back-facing cameras.
• Use Skype for iPad to call anyone else on Skype – and enjoy near CD quality (SILK) sound.
• Instant message and add emoticons to personalize your messages.

I’ve given it a very quick test run this morning with my friend Larry Greenberg from RunaroundTech. It looks good and has some nice little features. One that immediately caught our eye was the ability to have a text chat while on a video call. It’s easy to swap between front and back cameras with just a couple of taps. And the UI, though still quite basic, is just a little nicer than on other versions of Skype.

I’m very happy to see Skype for iPad – I’m a pretty frequent user of Skype and of course this is immediately a much better app than FaceTime because it’s cross-platform and you can reach tons more people through it.

Here’s an App Store link for Skype for iPad.

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Skype for iPad Coming Very Soon, with Video Chat

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It looks like we should finally be seeing a Skype for iPad app, with a video chat feature, very soon. This has been one of the big name apps missing from the iPad App Store ever since the iPad launched. There is an iPhone version that runs on the iPad, but of course it has to be used in the rather lame 2X mode because it’s not designed specifically for the iPad.

So the release of the Skype iPad app should be exciting stuff. If it’s a solid app, it will be a better option than Apple’s FaceTime in many ways. For starters, it’s got proper cross-platform support – so you can talk to anyone via Skype, not just other Mac and iOS device users.

News of the app’s impending release comes via CNET and many others this weekend. CNET got a sneak peek at a pre-release version of the app, and they expect it to be released as soon as next Tuesday (June 28). There has also been a leaked video of the app and confirmation from a Skype exec that the app is coming soon.

The Skype iPad version is expected to have similar capabilities to those of the iPhone app – including audio and video calling and chat. Not surprisingly, it will not have the file sharing abilities that desktop versions have.

I use Skype often, on both my Mac and iOS devices, so needless to say I’m very keen to see the new iPad version.

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