Skype for iOS now supports multi-tasking in iOS 4

Popular VoIP service Skype announced today that a new update to their iPhone application now supports many of the key iOS 4 features, including multi-tasking.

Just last week, the Skype application mysteriously vanished from the app store, and no one knew why. But today, building on the biggest update for the application which was released in May of this year, a new minor 2.0.1 upgrade was launched, which now allows users to make calls and receive instant messages in the background, instead of requiring the Skype application to remain open at all times.

The updated application also supports the iPhone 4's retina display, which requires higher resolution graphics for its ground-breaking new screen, and voice quality has also been slightly improved.

Skype also announced today that despite earlier plans to charge users for calls made over a 3G connection, they are no longer pursuing that path, and will instead keep Skype calls free for the foreseeable future, citing the fact that "some operators [are] starting to move to tiered pricing models."

The update is now available free of charge in the iTunes app store, although some early adopters, including some owners of the 3GS iPhone, are reporting that the application isn't working on their device. However, there's been no official word from Skype yet about any problems.

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Skype, please stop messing around with dying platforms and come finally come out with a full-fledged Android client!

mattnotley2004 said,
Not sure if it's just me.. but it seems to drain the battery pretty quickly.

Yeah looks like it keeps it on wifi while running which sucks the battery more. Strange thing is even after close all apps I'm now stuck on wifi when unlocking, it used to go to 3G after being locked for 60 seconds.

Put out a proper Android app for crying out loud. They want to harass Fring for beating them to the punch but not support Android at all.

metropolis said,
Put out a proper Android app for crying out loud. They want to harass Fring for beating them to the punch but not support Android at all.

That is really annoying, there was one but they pulled it for unknown reasons.

thealexweb said,

That is really annoying, there was one but they pulled it for unknown reasons.

They pulled the Windows Mobile app too, for no reason. You can still download it from other sources, and it works wonderfully for being developed 1+ years ago. Sometimes companies do weird stuff.

metropolis said,
Put out a proper Android app for crying out loud. They want to harass Fring for beating them to the punch but not support Android at all.

There is an Android app, but it's exclusive to Verizon

The.Clinton said,
Still no iPad app :-(

Are you sure, on my iPhone when I installed the previous version of Skype it warned me that it was not compatible with 4.0 and listed some older versions, with 3.2 listed.

thealexweb said,

Are you sure, on my iPhone when I installed the previous version of Skype it warned me that it was not compatible with 4.0 and listed some older versions, with 3.2 listed.


Yeah, it just has the 1x and 2x enlargement :-(

InterceptorX said,
Video calls damn it!

isnt that a video call in the screenshots section of the app store? or is that just a skype profile picture or whatever?

Seems to be working on my 3GS.

Edit: No charging over 3G If they had gone the pay for route even to other Skype users I'd have uninstalled it.