Skype 5.0 for iPhone now available, comes with a major overhaul

As we reported a few days ago, this new version of Skype for iPhone has been completely rewritten from the ground up, and the most noticeable change is speed — the new version is more than five times faster than its predecessor. The updated Skype for iPhone is now available for download.

There has been a move to create a more unified look, so no matter whether you are using the app on a desktop computer, a tablet or, now, iPhone, the experience will look and feel the same. Striking animations and transitions have been added, and scrolling has been made smoother than ever, all with impacting negatively on performance or battery life.

“Navigating through the new UI is easier and more fluid. Whether it’s creating a group chat, sending a photo or starting a video call, the new Skype for iPhone has been rethought to be simple and intuitive,” Microsoft adds.

Head over to the Apple App Store to snag the updated app. You need to have iOS 7 or later to snag the updated app.