iphone-4-13-video-call-5s-1Apple’s iOS 7 has been accused of taking cues from Microsoft’s Windows Phone and Windows 8, but Microsoft sure took its sweet time updating its Skype apps for Apple’s new mobile operating system.

Almost a month after Apple released its major update to iPhones and iPads, Skype has finally caught up, with a newly redesigned interface that fits in with the rest of Apple’s operating system.

In addition to the visual refresh, the Skype update also features improvements to accessibility, including better support for VoiceOver, Apple’s technology that helps visually impaired users operate their iOS devices.

This isn’t a massive technical update for Skype, but it doesn’t really need to be. The new backgrounding system in iOS 7 that developers are moving to take advantage of wasn’t a huge boon to Skype’s development, since Skype was already allowed to run in the background under Apple’s old rules.

If you’re interested in picking up the new update, it’s available in the App Store now.

Comments

  • Guest

    “Apple’s iOS 7 has been accused of taking cues from Microsoft’s Windows Phone and Windows 8″

    Android and WebOS too. Because it undeniably does.

    “but Microsoft sure took its sweet time updating its Skype apps for Apple’s new mobile operating system.”

    A month? At the same time as they’re busy rolling out all sorts of other Skype functionality? Seriously? How’s that Modern version of iTunes coming for W8?

    • Ryan Parrish

      Didn’t you know that double standards are ok when it’s Microsoft?

  • Harkonnen

    Is it safe to say that Apple has purchased GeekWire? That would be the only explanation for the tone of this post (amongst so many others) that pokes at Microsoft.

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