Several new apps are due to be released for iPad, iPhone and iPad devices within the next few months. One of the biggest announcements is that Skype will soon be available for the iPad. The service is currently available for the iPhone but has never been downloadable for Apple’s tablet devices.
Recently a video was leaked online that showcased Skype working on an iPad. It is believed to be a promotional video ready for the release of the app. Following the release of the video Skype’s VP of Consumer and Product, Rick Osterloh, officially confirmed that the app was to be released on the iPad.
It is to have the same functionality as the iPhone version but with one major difference. The screen size allows greater resolution and improved visibility. This means that development work has had to go into ensuring that the Skype display for iPad is optimised enough to offer high quality playback.
In other app news, Disney Comics have released an app that allows users to read comics from the famous animation studio for free. It will be available on both the iPhone and iPod touch, an iPad version is expected later in the year.
Upon its launch the app will offer users 50 comics featuring all the classic Disney characters such as Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse. There will also be Pixar titles available. However, whilst the app itself is free the comics themselves will cost 59p each.
Disney intend to expand their fanbase through the app and provide a service worldwide allowing all kinds of people to read the material. Disney Publishing Worldwide’s president, Russell Hampton commented: “We create over 25,000 original comic pages each year and it’s critical that we deliver this content to our readers around the world. We have over 1 billion Disney comic readers today, and our Disney Comics App will further broaden that audience.”