Skype for iPhone and iPad pick up iOS 9 support with quick replies, Spotlight search, and more

Microsoft has updated Skype on both the iPhone and iPad, adding a number of enhancements for iOS 9. Notably, both apps support quick replies from notifications, as well as Spotlight search, from which you can also start conversations with your Skype contacts.

Here's what you'll find in Skype for iPhone 6.3:

  • Full iOS9 compatibility.
  • Reply to Skype notifications without needing to open Skype.
  • Start chats with Skype contacts directly from Spotlight search.

These changes are also present in Skype for iPad 6.3, though that app has two additional updates as well. First is support for Split View and Slide Over multitasking. Second, Microsoft has made improvements for the app's low call volume issue.

You can grab both apps for free from the App Store right now.

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

  • Has tried Quick reply for both Skype and Tweetbot 4 (iPhone) in locked screen mode BUT the keyboard UI is stick in the background after! Has anyone else noticed this? Try it yourself. It could be because of iOS 9?? Sent from the iMore App
  • But weirdly, ... no force touch support.
  • Exactly, weird Sent from the iMore App
  • I can't think of any practical use. Start a chat? That would take as "much" time as to open the app itself and tap to contact, then on Write. Sent from the iMore App
  • Well probably like Messages or Phone, it will just show a short list of the last three contacts etc. It's not a big deal, I just thought it odd that it was updated for the one thing but not the other.
  • Apple iphone6 is amazing for do anything in any context it is the best phone in the world.