Skype receives its iOS 7 makeover

By , Oct 7, 2013

Skype 4.13 for iOS (iPad screenshot 001)

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.

Skype 4.13 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)Skype 4.13 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

Skype 4.13 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 003)Skype 4.13 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 004)

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.

You can download Skype for iPhone free from the App Store.

Microsoft provides the iPad edition as a standalone download.

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.

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  • Adnan Mosali

    when will WhatsApp get its update !!!

    • Glorin

      ask the WhatsApp developer

    • Parth Patel

      Seriosly… Whatsapp design is very old and outdated.

      • Edgar Byantoro

        Agreed, I would like a Whatsapp Update as the UI is too outdated and doesn’t match the UI of IOS 7.

      • Kenrick Fernandes

        it does the job :)

  • Rodrigo Salfer

    Still no Push notifications

    • felixtaf

      We will never get that. MS killed Skype!!!!

      • WolfgangHoltz

        Yes I agree looks awful now, Is that moron Jonathan Ive working at Skype now too.

      • Kamal Ahmad

        @WolfgangHoltz:disqus Exactly, I mean it’s so stupid that on it’s release date 112% more people connected to the Internet just to update their iDevices. Never seen that much on Android or windows.

    • Brandon Weidema

      uh, i get push notifications?

      • felixtaf

        Close it from multitasking.. U wont get it. Wasnt there in previous update. Not sure if they changed it in this.

  • Jonathan

    About time. :)

  • Abdl

    Why is everyone ignoring me on this?! I have an iphone running ios 6.1.4 and i have ios 7.0 ipsw file,can i restore it or it has to be 7.0.2?

    • Prasoon Singh

      Download the 7.0.2 firmware just to be safe.

    • galdamita

      Apple still signing ios 7.0 ipsw, so you can restore it or use 7.0.2 both of them are ok.

    • Mohamed Ali

      you can use the ios 7.0 ipsw. I used it last night on my iPad Mini.

  • ExRoot

    Unfortunately Skype will not install in JB devices. Is there a workaround for this?

    • felixtaf

      Use xCon from cydia. It will help I guess…

    • Mohamed Ali

      I have skype installed on my jailbroken iPad.

      • Fahad AlMaamari

        Me too and it works great without any problem