Appmakers have been modifying their applications to suit the needs of Apple’s new iOS 9, ever since it launched. Now, Skype has also joined the queue as it has launched Version 6.3 for iPhone and iPads running the iOS 9 and added a bevy of new features for better compatibility and enhanced user experience with Apple’s latest software.
As per a post on the Skype blog,
Following the recent launch of our brand new design for Skype for iPhone and iPad (thank you for the app store feedback and ratings so far!), we’re excited to update both apps today with full IOS 9 compatibility and the release of three new features.
The first of these features is the “Slide Over and Split View“. The feature is meant to let you use another application alongside Skype and is pretty cool, as it means that you can share content even more easily.
The second — and my personal favorite — is the ability to reply without needing to open Skype. Thanks to version 6.3, iOS users can now reply to messages directly via the notification bar. To use this feature,
Make sure you have your Skype notifications on (go to: Settings > Notifications > Skype > Allow Notifications. Then choose whether you want Banners) to try this out.
Finally, users have been granted the ability to start Skype conversations from spotlight. For example, you can Search for a contact in Spotlight and they show up in the searches if members of the community. After that, it is a simple matter of tapping your Skype contact to fire up the conversation.
To make this feature more useful, make sure you’ve chosen to automatically add friends to Skype (open Skype > tap your My Info > Settings > then select Automatically add friends). We’ll check to see if people in your address book already use Skype – and if they do, we’ll add them to your Skype contact list so you can call them on Skype for free!
The features are bound to make those iOS users sit up and take notice, who may have been feeling a bit left out ever since Skype introduced its Android Wear Support. Skype’s new code for Android Wear is pretty handy, and lets users check notifications, accept calls and reply to messages, all from their smartwatches. Who wants to see the same features on the Apple Watch too ?