Skype 5.0 for iPhone – The Big iPhone Update

It is now time for the iPhone to catch up with the other Skype mobile apps with a complete redesign with the visual finish that iOS users expect, smoother animations and even some great new features that aren’t just new for this platform, but completely new to the Skype experience.

Up until now there has been some major differences to the feel of Skype across the various platforms, now they have finally produced a more coherent experience no matter what device you use.  Skype 5.0 for iPhone now has the same feel as Windows Phone and Android apps, but still brings out iOS’s unique strengths.

As with the redesigned Skype for Android app, the iPhone app rewrite has been from the ground up and customized it to fit iOS best, putting your conversation at the center of a faster, smoother and far more integrated experience. Here’s what Skype say you can expect from the redesigned app:

  • Faster: You’ll notice the effort we’ve put into this overhaul as soon as you launch Skype 5.0 for iPhone. The new version is over 5 times faster than the old version.
  • Smoother: As you swipe from conversations through to your favorites and then back to your contacts lists, you’ll notice how smooth scrolling and transitioning from screen to screen is – with delightful little pops and animations punctuating them. All without degrading the performance and battery improvements we worked so hard to achieve.
  • More Integrated: Now, iPhone users can start group chats from the hub. And when you send messages or photos, it doesn’t matter if the recipient is offline. Everyone will see your message as soon as they are available again.
  • Smarter: We know our users are using Skype on multiple devices, and we want to make sure your Skype notifications keep pace with your conversations, no matter where they happen. Now, as you read your messages on your PC, tablet, Xbox and so on, those conversations will be marked as read (or unread if new messages come in) on your iPhone too.

This is the long awaited change Skype for iPhone needed, and we are looking forward to a new iPad version also.

Skype for iPhone will be available globally to download in about a week.


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