June 27, 2011 | Andy Boxall
With the release of the iPad 2 with its twin cameras, and the introduction of FaceTime, it was only a matter of time before VoIP experts Skype took a shot at adapting their own video-chat service for the tablet too.
You can grab Skype for the iPhone right now, and it looks like the iPad version will be along next Tuesday. Skype themselves accidentally sent a video of the new app live on their YouTube channel and although quickly removed it, it had already captured and re-uploaded.
It’s silent, but you can see the UI – which looks very simple to use, and also rather bland – and some video call action. Since then, CNET has published a quick hands-on with the new app, testing out both the 3G and Wi-Fi performance between and iPad, iPhone and desktop Skype programs.
They say the video performs well regardless of whether the front or rear lens is being used, and of course the best results come when using a Wi-Fi network. The app also has a chat feature and the option to use Skype Out – provided you have credit – for normal calls.
Skype for the iPhone can be somewhat flaky, with the chat system bogging down and taking a while to deliver messages, or the call system just giving up altogether. Let’s hope the iPad doesn’t have similar problems.
So, if you’re an active video-chatter, and want to do so over 3G as well as Wi-Fi, you’re in for a treat early next week.