Skype 5.3 Update: Supports Lion OS, Enables HD Video Calls

While Skype has been compatible with OS X Lion, with version 5.1 functioning seamlessly during last week’s TUAW TV Live, a new update has been rolled out. The latest version, Skype 5.3 for Mac OS X, is now up for grabs and introduces a slew of enhancements for users.

One of the standout upgrades in this release is the ability to conduct video calls in HD quality.

This feature is optimized for the latest “FaceTime HD Cameras” found in the newest iMacs and MacBook Pros, as well as compatible third-party HD webcams like the Logitech C910. For optimal performance, Skype suggests having broadband internet with minimum upload and download speeds of 1.5 Mbps.

Additionally, the update brings a refreshed user interface that aligns more closely with the iPad version of the app.

Although it is designed to be compatible with Lion, it does not support full-screen mode or multi-touch gestures.

Existing Skype users can easily update to the latest version by selecting the Check for Updates option from the Skype menu.

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