Hours after the Skype iPad app was “prematurely launched” in, and pulled out from, the iTunes App Store, the highly-anticipated app is now officially available for download again.
The Skype iPad app, which enables two-way video calling for free between two Skype members, showed up in Apple’s App Store for a pretty short time on Monday, with Skype saying that they messed up and prematurely releases the app.
“To ensure your best Skype experience, we’ve temporarily removed Skype for iPad which went live prematurely today,” the company posted on its Twitter account. A few hours later, the company launched the app again, tweeting “Finally, Skype for iPad is now available.”
Though an iPhone version of the Skype app has been available since January 2010, this release takes advantage of the iPad’s larger screen. It works with either landscape or portrait screen orientation. The app can also use the rear and front cameras of the iPad 2, enabling users to toggle between showing their faces and showing their environment.
“The large iPad screen is perfect for bringing Skype video calls to life, in either landscape or portrait view, and because it is on the iPad, Skype video calls can be made at the beach, in a car or even lying on a couch,” said Skype’s head of consumer product management, Rick Osterloh.
The Skype iPad app gives users the ability to call mobile phones and landlines, talk over 3G or Wi-Fi and chat using its instant messaging function.