Skype 5.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)Skype 5.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

Microsoft-owned Skype is putting finishing touches on a major new version of its free iPhone messaging and VoIP calling software. The software giant has just announced some of the new features making their way to the upcoming 5.0 iPhone release soon and boy are we excited.

The sleeker UI is only part of the story because Skype 5.0 focuses on speed. In fact, in redesigning the app developers have rewritten much of the code with iOS in mind.

As a result, Skype 5.0 for iPhone is up to five times faster than before. Additional tidbits and a cool promo video can be found right after the jump…

The new design certainly feels more in line with the overall minimalist design aesthetic of iOS 7. For the most part, Skype 5.0 gets rid of the clutter and focuses on large thumbnails and buttons, crisp typography and ease to grasp options.

It’s interesting that they’ve removed the toolbar at the bottom and adopted Windows Phone swipe gesture to navigate between your contacts list, recent contacts and favorites.

Check out the promo video.

Skype notes:

We’ve been working to provide a coherent experience no matter what device you use.  Skype 5.0 for iPhone shares a consistent look and feel with the Windows Phone and Android apps, while still optimizing for iOS’s unique strengths.

Other goodies, according to the company: in-app notification banners for new messages, a gesture to swipe quickly between multiple conversations, quick action buttons at the bottom (voice calling, video calling, options), a brand new Favorites tab and more.

Other improvements include a more integrated group chatting with offline sending/receiving capability and improved syncing of read/unread notifications across devices.

Skype 5.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 004)Skype 5.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 003)

Microsoft detailed headline new features:

• 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.

Skype 5.0 for iPhone is arriving next week and we’ll make sure to keep you in the loop and tell you all about it when the updated build surfaces in the App Store. They’ll be delivering a new iPad version soon.

The current Skype version 4.17.3 can be downloaded free in the App Store in two flavors: one is for the iPhone and iPod touch and the other is an iPad-only binary.

Some screenshots via Mark Gurman.

  • iDB

    Facetime is still better

    • Brian 

      Except when it doesnt work because of an expired certificate and the only way to get it to work is by updating to iOS 7.1, which i refuse to do 🙁

      • Framboogle

        Works fine on my 7.0.4 5s

      • Brian 

        Yes luckily it doesn’t affect all users. I’m running the exact same set up as you, but I’m affected by the FaceTime problems

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        You could probably install the new certificate via the Apple Configuration Utility. The only problem would be finding out what certificates Apple uses…

    • felixtaf

      Except for the fact that you need a Max or an iOS device to communicate!

    • Kurt

      Not even remotely true. FaceTime is so inferior.

  • Willie

    I find it funny how they all are using blue iPhone 5c because it blends with the Skype logo

    • Merman123

      Just like Apple uses white iPhone’s to showcase iOS 😛

  • Joe Binder

    It looks identical to the Windows Phone version. No doubt it will be just as annoying to use.

  • felixtaf

    Skype is really awesome…. Rang yeaterday on my phone for a call that was placed 6 days ago!

    Hoping that this update will fix most of the issues!

    • Raashid
  • mahe

    hmmm, why does this guy wear a shirt with the word “jail” on it?
    I would prefer jailbreak 😛

  • Faisal

    Typice MS layout and i hate that

  • Thomas Gehman

    Blue iPhone 5c….Of course. Lol

  • TimT2011

    I’d just be happy if it would notify me when someone is trying to reach me.

  • justme

    My skype app freezes constantly
    running on iOS7.1.1 iPh 5

    I will left skype app for a while until this update will arrive on the appstore.
    Now, I’m happy with telegram
    Faster, simpler, less kb peer message of usage than whatsapp.

  • iPhoner

    Where all software goes to die…. Microsoft. Lol

  • WTF, I really do not want some king of Windows Phone UI on my iPhone !!!! Hell no ! I need Skype though…

  • SBG

    Way all blogers use Skype for podcast ?


    Anyone else not able to download the update? I am getting a “This item you tried to buy is no longer available” Also, when I search for Skype it doesn’t come up. This is happening on both my personal and work phones. iPhone 5s.