As you may have expected, Skype today introduced a new update for their iOS app that brings video calling over 3G and WiFi. The new feature in Skype.app 3.0 requires iPhone 4, 3GS, or iPod touch 4th generation. However, you can even receive video calls on the camera-less 3rd generation iPod tocuh and iPad.
The new video chat feature includes most of the features you have come to expect with Apple’s own FaceTime video calling, including portrait and landscape mode, the ability to stream from the iPhone 4’s rear or front facing camera, and cross-platform video chat with the Skype desktop application.
The one thing Skype video calling offers that Apple’s FaceTime does not is video chat over 3G, opposed to WiFi. Our friends over at 9to5mac tested out Skype video calls over 3G using an iPhone 4, and found a 1-minute video call used around 3.4 MB of data.
A full list of new features and an official promotional video is below. You can grab the free Skype 3.0 app for iOS 3.0 or higher here. * Skype video calls require iOS 4.
• Make Skype to Skype video calls on WiFi and 3G*
• Call Skype desktop users (Mac OS X or Windows) and other iPhone users.
• Two-way video calls supported on iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4th gen.
• Receive only video supported on iPad and iPod touch 3rd gen, with no camera.
• Make video calls in portrait and landscape.
• Skype video calling requires iOS 4.0 or above.
*Additional Data charges may apply