Best thing for Apple iPad users just happened. Skype has finally made its way to the Apple iPad. This announcement was made using twitter and also via a blog posting on the official company blog. Skype can now be downloaded from Apple’s app store.
Skype’s functioning on the iPad will be similar to Apple’s Face Time app. Skype will use iPad’s front camera for video calls. Though for the first generation of iPad, users can only receive calls and not make any but for one’s with the latest iPad you can do both.
Skype for the iPad sends and receives calls (including video calls) over either a Wi-Fi or 3G data connection which is a huge advantage over FaceTime which currently allows video chat via Wi-Fi only. Another major advantage of Skype over Face Time is that people from using other devices can now call people using the iPad whereas Face Time only allows calling between two iPad users.
Skype consists of two windows, a big one for looking at the person you’re chatting with and a smaller one for viewing yourself. Other standard features included are standard phone dialling and also an integrated text chat which can be used during a video chat and even otherwise.
The release has made yet another connection of Apple with Microsoft. Recently during a press conference, Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer promised after the acquisition of Skype by Microsoft, Skype will continue to work on Non Windows applications. Also 3G is expected to launch in Apple soon. There are reports which claim that along with the iOS 5 which will ship this September (presumably along with the new iPhone) 3G calling will be enabled.
Rumours for the application launch were on for quite a while now. Skype also ‘accidentally’ released a video on YouTube which was turned into private soon after its release. Even the application was launched on the Apple site on Monday night but then later on removed, citing the release to be a premature release.