Skype users rejoice. Skype for iPad is here. Kien Tran does an odd perspective of the app in GeekBeat.tv:
The app itself works in both portrait or landscape mode. The app will send the contact a letter-boxed video feed based on the orientation of the iPad. An app in portrait mode will send fairly large black bars to the contact while landscape mode has minimal letter-boxing.
Duh. Skype should be used, most of the time, in portrait mode. We speak to others in portrait mode, right? However, Skype could have an option to fill the screen in landscape mode.
The biggest disappointment is the fact that this app is specific to the iPad. I would have rather seen an universal app for both iPhone and iPad. As it stands, Skype for iPad is just that, Skype only for iPad. The previous iOS version continues to function for all other devices.
Most Skype for iPad users will never know the difference and don’t care.
Drains 1% every 60-90 seconds or so if you are in some active chatrooms or are chatting if you have notifications turned on. If you do not, the battery drain is, less extreme, but still noticeable. Leaving Skype open while your iPad is not plugged in will drain your battery fairly quickly.
This mirrors my experience. Skype is a battery hog.
Skype for iPad does support the mirroring feature of the iPad 2, so I was able to display a call on my television using the iOS Dock to HDMI adapter. The image is a direct mirror of the iPad.
No word on whether it will do Airplay Mirroring via AppleTV. That would be a great feature.