New Apple silicon Skype Mac app promises to be 3x faster than before

Skype running on a MacBook Pro
(Image credit: Skype)

Microsoft says that it's now finally released an Apple silicon version of the Skype Mac app, although it's not quite ready to be made available to everyone just yet.

Microsoft says that its new Apple silicon build of Skype is super fast, promising huge speed increases over the previous version for those who are running Apple's very best Macs.

While the update isn't yet ready for prime time, that doesn't mean that you can't take it for a spin yourself. But you'll have to be aware that this isn't necessarily the final (and stable) version of Skype if you do.

The move to an Apple silicon version of Skype means that it no longer has to run in emulation via Rosetta 2, the software that Apple uses to force Intel-based apps to run on its newer M1 and M2-series machines. That, in turn, allows for improved performance and stability.

Moar speed!

In a blog post spotted by Petri, Microsoft says that the new version is much faster than the old one. The company says that the Apple silicon version of Skype is 3x faster, adding that users can "say goodbye to sluggish and slow call experiences, and hello to lightning-fast performance with crystal-clear audio and video quality."

The announcement blog post goes on to say that Skype now "delivers faster and more reliable call connections, so you can stay connected with the people who matter most to you."

Those who want to try the new version out can download the Skype Insider app for early access now. Everyone else should wait until Microsoft deems the app ready for public consumption, although there is no telling when that might be.

Want the very best Skype calling experience on your M2 MacBook Air? Maybe give that early access version a try and see how you get on. 

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.