Skype for iOS gains Bluetooth support, steady cam, ads

Skype pushed out an update to their apps for iPhone and iPad adding highly desired support for Bluetooth headsets, somewhat desired camera stabilization for the iPhone, and not quite as desired advertising.

Bluetooth support means no more getting caught up in cords or having to share your conversation with everyone in the room over the speaker. This applies to both the iPhone and iPad versions of the app, so using your data-only iPad as a phone just got a little easier.

Camera stabilization only applies to the iPhone and only on the rear camera, presumably due to resolution requirements. It’s not magic, but as shown in this video demo, it is quite an improvement.

Last but not least, if you’re not paying for the privilege of using Skype (i.e., don’t have active Skype credit or aren’t paying for premium service or a subscription), the Skype update will now serve you advertising to help cover your freeloading. Yeah, life is tough that way.

Both iPad and iPhone versions are available at iTunes. iOS 4.0 or later required.

Via GigaOM

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at]