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Skype releases Skype for iPad

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By Jesse Hollington

Social Media & Software Editor, iLounge
Published: Tuesday, August 2, 2011
News Categories: iPad, Apps + Games

Skype has released an iPad native version of its popular instant messaging, video and voice chat app. Skype for iPad provides the same general features as the prior iPhone and iPod touch version, optimized for the iPad’s larger display and user interface. With the app users can make and receive voice and video calls via the Skype network over either a Wi-Fi or 3G data connection. The application provides support for both the front and back cameras on the iPad 2 in either portrait or landscape orientation and users can also simultaneously engage in instant message chats separately or while in a voice or video call. Skype for iPad also integrates with the iOS contact list allowing users to easily find and add Skype contacts. Skype for iPad is available from the App Store as a free download. Notably Skype has chosen to release this version as a separate app rather than upgrading the iPhone and iPod touch version to a universal app; users with the original Skype app installed on their iPad for use in compatibility mode will need to remove the old version manually.

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Comments

1

Took them long enough. I thought this might not happen after the Microsoft acquisition.

Posted by Farnsworth on August 2, 2011 at 9:36 AM (PDT)

2

Its taken far too long in my opinion but still at least it’s here now

Posted by johnathan on August 2, 2011 at 11:06 AM (PDT)

3

According to CNet yesterday, Skype quickly pulled this app, claiming it was released prematurely. Can anyone else confirm this? Also, is there a way for iTunes or the App Store to “pull” an app right off an iOS device?

Posted by Farnsworth on August 3, 2011 at 7:27 AM (PDT)

4

@3: Yes, the Skype iPad was released prematurely, temporarily pulled, then released again for good. No, there is no way for an app to be “grabbed” off your iDevice.

Posted by Clint on August 3, 2011 at 12:45 PM (PDT)

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