Skype iPad App Goes Live, Then Disappears From App Store

The popular VoIP company Skype introduced its official iPad app on Apple's App Store only to remove it a short while later.

The company, which had been expected to release the app soon, said that the application was released prematurely by mistake and apologised for any inconvenience.

“To ensure your best Skype experience, we’ve temporarily removed Skype for iPad which went live prematurely today,” the company tweeted. “We know you’ve been eagerly awaiting Skype for iPad and apologize for the inconvenience,” Skype added in a later tweet.

Skype failed to give any clear reasons for removing the app from the platform, and no confirmed date for the launch of the application has been set yet.

Apple iPad users will have to make do with the iPhone version of the app for the time being, whereas the official Skype app for iPad utilises the tablet’s large screen to conduct video chats both over Wi-Fi and 3G. Apple’s FaceTime service only allows users to conduct video chats over Wi-Fi.

The Skype for iPad app also comes with a standard phone dialling feature and an instant messaging service, which can be used during a video chat. This particular feature is not available in the iPhone version of the app.