Back in August we were all overjoyed when Skype’s long anticipated iPad app arrived in the App Store, and after a small snafu where the iPad app was pulled because of technical difficulties, it was reinstated and has been in use by Skypers ever since.
Reviews have been mixed about both the iPhone and iPad versions of Skype, with users citing concerns about the layout, battery consumption, and app crashes. While this update doesn’t exactly address those issues, it does add some great features that should improve the user experience.
Today’s update brought anti-shake capabilities to the iPhone when using video chat and the rear camera, adding stability when you’re displaying your surroundings to friends and family. Skype’s iPhone app also received an important security fix, which should solve issues that users have had with security.
The update also added Bluetooth support, which is a feature that the Skype apps have been sorely lacking. Bluetooth-enabled headsets can now be used to make hands-free calls with Skype, allowing you easier access to the app when driving, in conference calls, and so much more.
Unfortunately, this new update also added advertising to the app. Only paying Skype consumers or those with Skype Credit are free from the ads. Hopefully future updates are in the works to address concerns with the app now that it’s generating significantly more money.