Microsoft optimizes Skype for iPhone 6 screens

Skype for iPhone 5.6 (screen sizes)

As promised, software maker Microsoft has just issued an update to Skype for the iPhone and iPod touch adding native display support for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus screen sizes, the team announced in a blog post Wednesday morning.

As a result, you’ll see more of your recent chats and messages in conversation view on Apple’s new smartphones because iOS 8 doesn’t have to compensate for the lack of iPhone 6 support by blowing up the interface to fill up the whole screen.

Skype for iPhone 5.6, available free in the App Store, also adds presence indicators to your Recent list and number of contacts and time zones information on contact profiles.

Jump past the fold for other features in this maintenance Skype update.

Skype 5.6 changelog:

  • Native resolution support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+
  • Presence indicators are now displayed in the “recent” list
  • Number of contacts and time zones are now shown on contact profiles
  • Individual conversations can be marked as read/unread
  • Notification sounds are disabled in “Do not disturb” mode
  • General Improvements

This is Skype’s second iOS 8-focused update following the previous update that enabled support for iOS 8’s Interactive Notifications for incoming calls and messages on the Lock screen, banner alerts and within the Notification Center.

On the desktop front, yesterday landed a brand new Skype 7.0 for Mac with an overhauled chat experience and other goodies.

The 65-megabyte download is available free in the App Store. Skype’s iPad edition did not receive a matching refresh today.

[App Store via Skype Blog]