Talking to your loved ones across the globe has never been more technologically enticing than the past few years. Since Skype has gone mobile it has become the “other video chat app” for those who don’t have Apple’s operating system. Grandparents can watch their grandchildren open presents. Long distance relationships can thrive. Telecommuting is more viable. Millions of people use Skype on their iPhone and iPad to connect visually with people around the world. Today, the company has announced the release of their most recent update to the iOS app. Version 4.1 now lets users send and receive photos while “Skyping.”
With Skype’s new photo sharing feature, users can send photos that they have taken with their iPhone or iPad directly to friends or family. There is no limit to the size of the file that can be sent, which means you can send RAW files without paying additional costs for the large amount of data.
Most people who use both Skype and Facetime will tell you that Facetime is much better for video chat. Skype runs slower, lags, and uses too much battery life. The developers of Skype have been working hard to make their mobile version smoother and more compatible with Apple’s operating system. They recently improved performance so that the app can run in the background without eating up the battery. Version 4.1 also improves start up and contacts loading time so that it runs smoother and faster than before.
Skype for iPad is free and available in the App Store now, as are the phone calls (restrictions apply). It is compatible with all three generations of iPad running iOS 4.3 or later.