Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Morning Brief: Two million iPads sold in less than 60 days;

In case you missed it over the Memorial Day holiday . . .

Skype said yesterday that users of the Nokia N900 will soon be able to make two-way video calls using Skype. Russ Shaw, the company’s vice president of Skype Mobile told GigaOM that this service will be available soon on other mobile clients, as well. With Apple introducing a new iPhone next week with a front facing camera, this means Skype users who own iPhones will soon be able to video conference.
“We are going to do video calling across all our platforms and are agnostic about the operating system and carriers,” Shaw said.

On Saturday Skype wrote on its own blog that it had released an updated client for the iPhone that will allow users to make calls using the phone's 3G. They also announced that soon they will begin charging for the service (that didn't go down well with iTunes reviewers).

The funny part is that Skype had no idea that their updated app had actually made it onto iTunes. Apple's strange approval process meant that Skype had submitted their update and were waiting themselves to see its appearance in iTunes. On Friday the app appeared catching Skype a bit off guard -- hence the Saturday blog post.

Apple announced on Monday that it had sold two million iPads in less than 60 days. "Customers around the world are experiencing the magic of iPad, and seem to be loving it as much as we do," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "We appreciate their patience, and are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone."

In a typical press release for Apple (short) the company brags about its recent successes and then signs off. The company, like Google, gets more than enough press anyway, right?

The two million mark is a good enough time to review some of those prediction (and post-prediction) stories about the iPad:

Bold Prediction: iPad will Flop -- GottaBeMobile

Bill Gates Joins the iPad's Army of Critics -- BNet

Prediction hell: How dumb do Bill Gates & Microsoft's iPad, Surface predictions look now? -- ZDNet

Why the iPad will fail and help Windows 7 to succeed -- WorldTech24

Microsoft's Courier Tablet Depends on iPad, HP for Success -- GUWiSe

MS Courier, HP Slate Canceled? -- jkOnTheRun

Wall Street expects Apple's 'risky' iPad to sell 1M-5M in first year -- AppleInsider

Apple Sells Two Million iPads in Less Than 60 Days -- Apple PR