Skype for iPhone and Skype for iPad have proven to be very popular. The Skype for iPhone app has been downloaded nearly 60 million times to date and was downloaded over a million times in the first 36 hours after its launch in March 2009. When we launched Skype for iPad in August, it was the #1 free iPad app in almost every local iTunes App Store worldwide during the week of its launch.i
Today, we hope to make these popular apps even better with the introduction of a couple of new features. The Skype for iPhone update includes a new feature that reduces the shakiness of an outgoing Skype video chat when using your rear camera. So, if you’re using Skype video to show friends and family what you’re up to or where you are, the image they see will be less shaky.
Additionally, we’re excited to announce the delivery of Bluetooth support, a feature that’s long been requested by our users. You will now be able to use Bluetooth-enabled headsets to make hands-free Skype calls. This will make life easier while you’re on conference calls, on the road, or simply don’t want to hold your iPhone or iPad in-hand.
As with our recent Mac update, there will be an advertising platform introduced in this new release. Paying Skype consumers or users with Skype Credit will not see any display ads on their iPhones or iPads. The iPhone update also includes an important security fix.
Skype for iPhone and Skype for iPad can be downloaded from the Apple iTunes App Store. The new Skype for iPad update supports both iPad and iPad 2. The Skype for iPhone update supports the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, 2nd and 3rd Generation iPod Touch, and both iPad and iPad 2.ii
If you have any questions or want to leave feedback, please take advantage of the new Skype Support. We hope you enjoy the updates to both of these popular apps.
[UPDATE: We understand that some of you are experiencing several issues with the new updated version of Skype for iPhone/iPad released today. The problems you might be seeing include 1.) Skype Credit may not be showing 2.) Contacts are slow to sync 3.) Account settings (e.g. photo, name, profile) may not appear. More info on how to fix this can be found here. We apologize for any inconvenience.]
[UPDATE # 2 as of 5:33 PM EST on 9/28/11: We’ve pushed out a hotfix which addresses the issues found in the most recent Skype for iPhone/iPad apps. Download it now http://bit.ly/3FBaR7 & http://bit.ly/q7DTLZ. For more information on the hotfix please visit http://blogs.skype.com/garage/ios/]
i Skype for iPad and Skype for iPhone download numbers sourced via iTunes Connect
ii iOS 4.0 or later is required on all devices.