Folks at RazorianFly report that Skype briefly posted a promo video of the Skype for iPad app on their YouTube channel and then quickly removed it.
It is not clear why Skype removed the YouTube video but TUAW reports that Skype VP of Consumer and Product Design Rick Osterloh has confirmed in an interview that Skype is planning to release an iPad app.
Osterloh says that the iPhone version of Skype burst out of the gate quickly, with a big launch and “a userbase that doubled in just a month’s time.” And he said the iPad version should “have a similar success,” especially since it’s basically the same in functionality: chatting, audio and video calling, and all of the other standard actions you can expect from Skype. The current app has been in testing for a few months now, and Osterloh is excited to unleash it on the public.
You can checkout the demo of the Skype for iPad app, which was reuploaded by RazorianFly:
Currently, iPad users need to use the Skype for iPhone in double pixelated mode to use Skype’s voice chat, voice calling, and instant messaging services. Osterloh says that they were fine with that approach for the first generation iPad, but the front facing camera in iPad 2 has made Skype for iPad “super compelling”.
Osterloh hasn’t provided any release date on when it will be released but based on the promo video it should be anytime soon as it seems to be ready for primetime.
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