Skype for iPhone and iPad gains Maps integration and other improvements in latest update

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Microsoft’s Skype for iPhone and Skype for iPad apps received an update this morning in the App Store, bringing out new features including integration with Apple Maps. Now you can check locations in Maps directly from highlighted addresses and also call a phone number using Skype Credit directly from highlighted numbers.

The app is now easier to multi-task as well: you can now return to a call by pressing the Active Call banner in Skype.

Here’s Skype’s video overview of the new features.

Skype’s iPhone app supports Home screen shortcuts via 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Within the app, you can press lightly on a Recent conversation to Peek the latest messages or a live video call. Pressing harder on shared locations, photos, contacts and URLs will Peek the content.

Skype 6.6 changelog:

Here’s what’s new in this edition of Skype for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad:

  • Phone number, date and address detection in your conversations:
    • Call a phone number (using Skype Credit) direct from highlighted numbers.
    • Set up calendar events by tapping highlighted dates, days and times.
    • Check locations in Maps directly from highlighted addresses.
  • Making it easier to multi-task in Skype:
    • Quickly return to a call by pressing the Active Call banner in Skype.
    • Use the unread counter to easily see how many unread conversations you have when in a conversation .
  • General improvements.

Sadly, Skype still isn’t a universal app.


Skype requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 7.0 or later.

The app is localized in English, Bokmål, Norwegian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

Grab Skype for iPhone and Skype for iPad free of charge in the App Store.