Skype for iPad

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017
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Description of App

Say “hello” to friends and family with an instant message, voice or video call on Skype for free. There’s so much you can do, right from the palm of your hand. Features: Join over 250 million people every month using Skype - Get started with Skype on your iPad and find your friends in an instant. Call friends on Skype - Enjoy free voice and video calls to anyone else on Skype. Message friends and send photos in an instant - Instant message your friends in a flash, add emoticons and even photos. Video messaging - Stay in touch with friends and family even when they're busy or offline with unlimited, free video messages. Call mobiles and landlines - Add a little Skype Credit to send low-cost SMS messages or call friends on their mobile or landline. No WiFi? No problem. - Skype works on 3G* and WiFi – so you can stay in touch, even if you’re out and about. Chat with anyone, anywhere - Skype’s available on smartphones, tablets, PCs, Macs and even TVs. Whatever device your friend or family uses, Skype just works. Simple. Search the app store for other great apps from Skype: - Skype for iPhone - Skype WiFi - GroupMe System requirements: • iOS 5 or above. • Send and receive video using front or back camera on iPad 2, iPad 3rd Generation, iPad 4th Generation, iPad Mini. • Works with any H264 compatible devices, including TVs.

Version

4.9

Free or Paid

Free

Apple Watch Support

Not Known

Device(s) App Was Tested On

iPad

Accessibility Comments

The accessibility of Skype for iPad is not as good as its iPhone counterpart. In the contacts list, users' online status is not reported...so one must open a contact and check that way. Also, when recording a video message...the text of the "record" button does not change while recording, leaving one thinking that the button-press did not go through.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

Most buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability

There are some minor accessibility issues with this app, but they are easy to deal with.

Developer's Twitter Username

@Skype

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Comments

Submitted by David on Saturday, July 27, 2013

It would be great if the interface for the iPad version of Skype was like the iPhone version. With Skype for iPad, the contacts aren't in a list. I think that is why VoiceOver doesn't read the contacts online status and mood message like the iPhone version. I have e-mailed the Skype team about this but they never got back to me.

Submitted by Usman on Sunday, July 28, 2013

I have also found that marking all one's chat messages are read is an issue. Everytime I load the sidebar, it briefly says mark all as read but there doesn't appear to be any way of getting to it.

Submitted by Michael Hansen on Monday, August 12, 2013

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In reply to by Usman

Version 4.10 is now available with no immediately obvious accessibility improvements. VoiceOver still does not indicate whether a contact is online or not, and that is a deal-breaker for me. "What's New in Version 4.10 Call quality improvements - Make HD quality video calls from your iPad (4th generation only). - General improvements to call quality and stability. General fixes and improvements - A redesigned country code picker on the dial pad."

Submitted by Usman on Wednesday, August 14, 2013

At least they've made the mark all as read accessible now.

Submitted by WildmanJoe on Friday, March 20, 2015

So, I have been using Skype for IPad for a couple of weeks, and I have a question. Is it possible to join group calls using IPad. Every time I try and join a group call, I can never find the join call button. I have an IPad mini, and I can make calls to an individual contact, but that's about it. Thanks

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