Following an update to version 7.1 for Mac yesterday, today Skype for iPhone is getting its own update that brings a few highly requested new features.

First up, version 5.7 of Skype for iPhone introduces the ability to save and delete photos: If you want to save a memorable photo to your camera roll or delete a sent photo from a chat, simply press and hold the image and the options will appear.

Also new in the updated app is much improved performance, according to Skype, including faster chat load times especially when entering a chat through notifications: Now when you receive a notification and tap it to open the app, the message will be there waiting for you without any delays.

Skype is also making avatars work as you’d expect for all users, across all chats types and synced across platforms. In addition the updated app is introducing easier to use people list search and filter options:

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  • You can now see all avatars for groups and people, and if they’re changed on other platforms, they’ll update in the app too so you always have the latest showing… In 5.7, we’ve made it easier to find the people list search and filter options, so you can quickly and easily find the person you want to chat with and get started.

The updated Skype app for iPhone, version 5.7, is available on the App Store now. Yesterday Skype released version 7.1 of the app for Mac users bringing support for OS X Yosemite and more.

What’s New in Version 5.7

·        Save and delete photos from chats ·        Chats load faster, especially when opened from a notification ·        Avatars for all chats now stay in sync across platforms ·        People list filter (all contacts, Skype contacts, online contacts) usability improved ·        General improvements

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