Skype for iPhone rolled out the ability to conduct two-way video chatting back in December 2010, but the quality of these video calls left a lot to be desired. Back then, the iPhone 4’s back camera could only capture video in 720p and the front-facing camera was good only for VGA-grade video chatting.
Besides, the handset lacked the processing power to make two-way video calling in high-definition a reality.
Skype’s iOS apps, now bumped to version 4.1.7, also bring the ability to receive chat messages on your iPhone and iPad even when Skype is closed (finally!). Another nice-to-have: chat messages now sync much faster across all your devices.
As a reminder, two-way video calls can be placed either over 3G/4G cellular or Wi-Fi and the technology works in both portrait and landscape modes. In-call options include swapping between front or rear-facing camera, muting a call, disabling video and more.
On a related note, here’s how Skype’s international traffic has grown from 2005 to 2013, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.
Last year, there were 214 billion minutes of international Skype-to-Skype calls, a 36 percent increase from 2012.
Both require iOS 5.0 or later.
In case you were wondering, Skype for iOS is still a tremendous battery hog.