At last, iPad users got their hands on a native Skype app now. Over a month after it was expected to create its formal debut, the iPad-optimized Skype client started appearing in Apple App Stores now. The latest app takes advantage of the tablet’s bigger screen real estate, making for crisp and clear video chat over Wi-Fi, and often less crisp chat over 3G.
On the other hand, not long after the app appeared, Skype pulled it, saying it was released untimely. Skype said on its Twitter feed, “To ensure your best Skype experience, we’ve temporarily removed Skype for iPad which went live prematurely today. We know you’ve been eagerly awaiting Skype for iPad and apologize for the inconvenience.”
Skype sharpened iPad owners’ desire in June when it posted a video of its not-yet-released iPad application to its YouTube channel before quickly setting it to private.
The video demos the application’s video chat abilities, which competes with Apple’s built-in FaceTime service with a window for both the person you are chatting with, and one to show yourself in. Also included is standard phone dialing and included text-chat, the latter of which could be used during a video chat.
The big difference from Apple’s own FaceTime service is that the application of Skype carries video chat over 3G networks. FaceTime presently just works over Wi-Fi, something Apple has said will change eventually.