Yesterday, we reported on Microsoft’s upcoming 5.0 update to Skype for iPhone and iPod touch. Now, it appears that the app has been pulled from the App Store in some markets ahead of the update’s release.
In a statement to 9to5Mac, Microsoft said:
We have removed the Skype for iPhone app from the Apple iTunes store in some markets, as we begin rolling out the latest version. Skype 5.0 for iPhone will soon be available worldwide for download – in the meantime, you can learn about the great new features coming with the new version here.
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Version 5.0 of Skype for iPhone and iPod touch boasts a new design along with new features, including smoother animations, smarter notifications, and more. Check out our previous report for more information.
The updated app is set to launch sometime next week. We’ll let you know as soon as it becomes available.
Skype for iPad, which remains available in the App Store, is also set to receive a similar update soon.
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