Skype posted a video on YouTube last Friday that shows a new Skype app for the Apple iPad 2. The video was quickly taken down, but someone managed to record the video and has it uploaded again to their own YouTube channel.
It seems that the Skype app will take on Apple’s FaceTime on the iPad 2. The app is expected to be officially released tomorrow.
The video contains demonstrations on how to scroll through contacts and how to start a video call. At the bottom, it reads “Actual video and audio call quality may vary based on the speed and quality of your Wi-Fi or 3G connection.” So we now assume that iPad 2 will support 3G calling via Skype, but is still subject for approval by each network first.
The interface looks easy to use and Skype features, such as full screen video, camera swap and instant messaging, are seen. The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) spoke to Rick Osterloh, Skype’s vice president of consumer and product design, and he confirmed that the app was in its testing stages and should be approved for the App Store anytime soon. We have to say, it will make for a refreshing change to have a full screen Skype app for the iPad 2, we have been making do with the small screen iPhone app for too long now.
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Will the Wi-Fi- and 3G-enabled Skype app for the iPad 2 beat the Wi-Fi only FaceTime?