You can blame Microsoft-owned Skype for missing the train on stickers, games and other popular messaging features (sans video messages), but the application still stands out as the most popular VoIP software in use to this date. Skype wasn’t among the list of third-party apps that were immediately updated with the new design following the September 18 iOS 7 release, so today both the iPhone and iPad clients have finally received a nice little refresh bringing the iOS 7 look and feel along with a few minor enhancements…
In addition to the flattened appearance, this Skype for iOS update contains accessibility improvements (improved accessibility of dialpad with touchtype support, VoiceOver announces the senders name when messaging and VoiceOver improvements for group chats) as well as general fixes and speed improvements.
The app looks quite nice on iPhones running iOS 7, have a look at the screenies below.
Though Skype doesn’t take advantage of any of the new core features in iOS 7, it’s certainly nice that the application now feels right at home on iOS 7 devices.
I’m not sure why Microsoft insists on two separate version instead of a universal binary, by the way. It’s also nice that you can top up your Skype credit in $4.99 increments using in-app purchases.
Last month, Skype was updated with support for HD quality calls on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5. The VoIP application also supports video calling in 720p, but there’s a new kid in town, Spin, to take on Skype with full HD 1080p video calls, Wideband 44KHz audio and a number of fun and interactive in-call capabilities.