Skype for iPhone and iPad gets HD video calling, catching up to Apple’s FaceTime

SkypeScreenSkype just added the ability for users of its iOS app on the iPhone 5S, Retina iPad Mini and iPad Air to make and receive two-way HD video calls.

It’s a key addition for Microsoft’s video calling product, since Apple has been taking advantage of the new FaceTime HD front-facing camera on all of those devices for its own video calling platform.

Still, the ability to make those calls is dependent on the bandwidth of both the sender and the recipient, so while it may be possible to send a HD call to someone, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll be able to reap the benefits of the high quality, or if they’ll get one in return.

In addition, Skype is now taking more advantage of the multitasking capabilities offered under iOS 7. Messages will sync faster between users’ devices, and users will now receive chat messages in notifications, even when Skype is closed.

The updated Skype app is available for download from the iOS App Store.

  • Ugh

    I close Skype because I don’t want to receive notifications all the time. Now there’s no way to turn them off! Arrrrgggghhhh!