Reportedly, users should notice that Skype 5.0 for iPhone is “over 5 times faster” than the current version. One of the big novelties that the reworked app brings is the ability to start group chats from the hub. Notifications have been also improved, so if you’re using Skype on multiple devices, and read a message on one of them, it will be marked as read on all other devices, too.
All in all, this is “the biggest change ever to Skype for iPhone,” and it’s going to be available globally “in about a week.” A redesigned and improved Skype for iPad will also be introduced soon (although it’s not clear how soon). You can see Skype 5.0 for iPhone in the video below: