Since the day the iPad was launched, many of have been wondering when we would get Skype videochat. First we needed cameras, which arrived with the iPad 2. And today, Skype launched its Skype for iPad app, available for download in the iTunes App Store.
Unlike Apple's FaceTime, Skype is supported on a wide range of devices, including Windows PCs, Android phone and tablets, and Skype enabled TVs and Blu-ray players. The new Skype for iPad app also takes full advantage of the iPad 2's dual cameras, allowing users to talk face-to-face with the iPad's front camera or switch to the rear camera to show what they can see.
In addition to the expected two-way chat, there are a number of additional iPad-optimized features, including:
- Instant messaging. You can even instant message during a video call on your iPad, with emoticons to personalize your message.
- Simple to view contacts. Contacts are now displayed in a grid on Skype for iPad, showing large avatar photos - making it easy to find your contacts and conversations.
- Easy navigation. Find your recent Skype conversations and history at the touch of a button making searching simple.
- Simple SMS texting. An SMS text message can be sent by simply opening a contact and selecting SEND SMS or by opening the dial pad, typing in the number you wish to SMS and then typing your message.
Skype for iPad also allows users to call landlines and mobile phones using Skype Credits.
Skype for iPad works on both 3G and Wi-Fi networks. To run Skype for iPad, you'll need to be running iOS 4.0 or higher.