Skype has revamped its iOS app to offer a better, faster experience to its users.
According to the company, Skype 5.0 is the most refined version yet, including all of the visual finishes that iOS users expect, as well as smooth animations and a few features that are new to both the app and the Skype platform.
“Just like the redesigned Skype for Android app, we took the opportunity to rewrite this new version from the ground up and customize it to fit iOS best,” the Skype blog states. “The new Skype for iPhone is redesigned to put your conversation at the center of a faster, smoother and far more integrated experience. Our designers AND engineers have obsessed over every pixel.”
In fact, Skype notes that the redesigned app is more than five times faster than the previous version and features smoother scrolling and transitions. Plus, the iOS app enables iPhone users to start group chats, as well as allows offline recipients to see messages once they are back online. It is also important to note that the new app provides a consistent experience across devices. For example, when messages are read on other devices, like PCs or tablets, those conversations will be marked as read on the user’s iPhone too.
The app is currently available for free download in iTunes, and Skype notes that a new iPad version will be available soon.