Skype for iPad がようやく公開されました。ご存知インターネット通話サービスのiPadネイティブ版で、音声通話に加え、iPad 2ではビデオ通話にも対応します。公開中のSkype for iPhone 同様、3G / WiFi回線いずれでも利用可能。さらにビデオ通話中のチャットも可能です。アップル FaceTime や Google+ のビデオチャット機能など、気付けばライバルの増えつつある Skype ですが、マイクロソフトによる買収、Facebook との連携を経つつ、今回の iPad 版登場により、マルチプラットフォーム対応の強みをさらに推し進めることになります。

......というはずだったのですが、アプリ公開はごく短期間に留まり、現在はまた非公開になってしまいました。Skype公式Tweetによれば「最高のSkype体験を保証するため、本日早まって公開されたSkype for iPadは一時的に非公開とします」とのこと。なにかバグでもあったのかもしれません。再公開の時期は不明。もうすこし待ってみましょう。

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Skype for iPad

Bring your Skype contacts closer with full screen video at your fingertips.
Beautiful and simple, this is Skype built especially for the iPad. Call, video call, or instant message anyone on Skype. Plus, if you add a little Skype Credit, call landlines and mobiles at really low rates.

Simple to use:
• Join Skype on your iPad in a few moments or just sign straight in to your account.
• If you already have a Skype account, your Skype contacts will automatically be there on your iPad.
• We've made adding new Skype contacts really easy.
• Once they're in your Contact list, call, video or instant message them in one touch.
• Flick through recent calls and instant messages in your Skype for iPad history.
• Skype for iPad works over Wi-Fi or 3G (operator data charges may apply). Call Skype contacts on their iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, PC, Mac and even Skype enabled TVs.

Access free Skype features:
• Talk face-to-face or show what you're seeing with front and back-facing cameras.
• Use Skype for iPad to call anyone else on Skype – and enjoy near CD quality (SILK) sound.
• Instant message and add emoticons to personalize your messages.

Then unlock even more features when you pay a little:
• Make cheap calls to landlines or mobiles from your iPad.
• Get an Online Number from Skype so people can call you on your iPad.

If you want to unlock these extra features, you can pay in a way that suits you.
• Pay As You Go with Skype Credit - great for when you're using Skype every now and again.
• Pay monthly with a subscription – best if you use Skype a lot.

System requirements:
• Skype video calling requires iOS 4.0 or above.
• Send and receive video using front or back camera on iPhone 4, iPad 2nd Generation, and iPod touch 4th Generation.
• Send and receive video using rear camera on iPhone 3GS.
• Receive video only on iPad 1st Generation and iPod touch 3rd Generation.
• Works with any H264 compatible devices, including TVs.