Skype for iOS updated, 720p video calls added

Microsoft has pushed out a new update for the Skype platform today on iOS that brings with it quite a few improvements and the ability to make 720p video calls from your iPhone 5 or iPad 4.

In addition to the improved video call features, the update also makes it easier to send Video Instant Messages (VIM) with improved audio and call quality, easier to use country code selector, and stability improvements for the upcoming iOS 7 release.

Skype for iPhone version 4.10 supports: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod Touch (3rd generation), iPod Touch (4th generation), iPod Touch (5th generation) and for the iPad, version 4.9 supports: iPad, iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPad (4th generation), iPad Mini .

The improvements work to enhance the Skype applications on the iOS front, but there's no word on when the other mobile platforms will be updated to make sure that Skype is the preferred VOIP client for mobile users.

For a bit more about the update, there is a video posted above that answers some of the questions the beta testers of the app (like yours truly) had while we were playing around with Skype’s latest bits.

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Brian Miller said,
Did they mention the in video call video ads?
No? Well, they should have...

Looks like you just got Scroogled! Oh wait...

Am I really the first person to question ... Why 720p on an iPhone?
It's not even capable of displaying 720p video.

960 × 640 iPhone 4/4s
1136 x 640 iPhone 5
1280 x 720 (720p)

Recording at 720p is one thing, displaying 720p is another I guess. Except that with an iPhone 4/4s the front facing camera is only capable of VGA resolution (640 x 480) , so in order to get 720p you'd have to use the rear camera. What's the point of a video call if you can't see your screen?

Only the 5 is capable of 720p.

Either way, it's good for the person on the other end. But you can't see it at its native resolution if the other side if capable of 720p.

Edited by ahinson, Aug 12 2013, 6:13pm :

As always, Microsoft's own mobile platform is a distant afterthought. Its a wonder its even managed to get to 3% market share with all the missing features and being ignored by its parent company.

efjay said,
As always, Microsoft's own mobile platform is a distant afterthought. Its a wonder its even managed to get to 3% market share with all the missing features and being ignored by its parent company.

I thought my Lumia 920 is making 720p video call. isn't it?
And Please don't ask 720p video call for phone which is not having such resolution

No, it isn't. Skype on Windows Phone has always been an afterthought even when Microsoft bought them. On Windows Phone Skype can't send or receive video messages, can't send or receive voice message and can't make 720p video calls. As always it's a second class citizen on Microsoft's own platform.

I can call people on Skype, I can videochat to people on Skype, what are you talking about.

If you mean those voice messages like Whatsapp... Then yes, but I cant do that either on Skype for desktop.

And I'm pretty sure it can use the capabilities of my camera. If you expect a Lumia 520 to do 720 video recording, then yes, it obviously can not.