Apollo for iOS is the only Reddit app you need
A former Apple intern, Christian Selig says he wasn’t proud of the collection of iOS apps for searching Reddit, so he determined to construct his personal. The developer this week launched his personal Reddit shopper known as Apollo, which affords a superbly designed searching expertise for both iPhone or iPad, in addition to customizable gestures, a media viewer, a full Markdown writing editor, and different options impressed by Reddit person suggestions.
“Other Reddit apps for iOS don’t follow iOS design guidelines well, and look quite out-of-place as a result, creating an unfamiliar experience for users that doesn’t mesh well with the rest of the iOS ecosystem,” explains Selig, about why he was motivated to construct a brand new Reddit app. “They also don’t serve as a full replacement for the desktop website,” he added.
With Apollo, he hopes to supply not only a greater cellular model of Reddit, however one which beats searching the website by way of the internet, too.
The very first thing you’ll discover about Apollo is its look-and-feel, which does really feel extra in keeping with Apple’s design than a few of the different Reddit purchasers on the market in the present day. It’s a ravishing, clear and fashionable app, and is straightforward to navigate.
The app contains 5 tabs: Posts, Inbox, Account, Search and Settings, all accessible from the backside of the display.
From the primary display (Posts), you’re capable of browse the Reddit homepage in both an expanded or compact mode. The former is the default and is a greater expertise for viewing the imagery and movies accompanying the posts, but when you desire a denser look, you can swap over to compact mode from the “more” button at the top-right of the display.
From there, you may type the feed by what’s scorching, favourite objects, cover the posts you’ve learn, and share objects.
The app additionally contains its personal built-in media viewer for viewing Reddit content material, in addition to these from sources like Imgur, Gfycat, Imgflip, XKCD, Streamable, YouTube, Vimeo and others, when connected to Reddit posts.
From the viewer, you can upvote or downvote the content material, faucet to view the feedback, or entry extra features, like saving the picture or GIF to your system, opening the content material in Safari, sharing or saving the merchandise, or tapping to view the person’s profile or the subreddit.
There are a lot of little touches in the app that talk to the thoughtfulness behind its design. For instance, whereas you’re studying via feedback, you’ll discover with every indent in an extended thread, the line subsequent to the remark has a distinct shade, making it simpler to distinguish between the posts.
When feedback embrace hyperlinks, they open in an internet viewer proper in the app, as a substitute of launching Safari. That approach, you can view the hyperlink then faucet “Done” to shortly return to the dialogue.
The app makes good use of gestures, as nicely.
You can swipe on posts and feedback to break down them, reply, upvote or downvote, and save. However, in the Settings part, you can utterly customise these gestures to your liking, together with the these for your inbox, profile posts, and profile feedback, too.
Beyond altering the gestures, Apollo is extremely customizable in different areas, too. You can choose between a lightweight theme or darkish, and might even configure it to activate primarily based on issues like display brightness or native sundown occasions. (Or you can press and maintain on the nav bar to toggle it at any time.)
You can choose which favourite subreddits seem in the app’s “Jump Bar” (nav bar).
You can head into the Settings to configure extra controls, like filtered key phrases, filtered subreddits, and blocked customers.
And you can add a number of accounts to the app – one thing that ought to enchantment to those that prefer to preserve their identities separate.
You may even change the default app icon from a collection of over a dozen.
Because of Selig’s familiarity with Apple, he’s put the newest applied sciences to good use in the app. In addition to being inbuilt Swift four.zero, it additionally makes use of 3D Touch extensively, in addition to the Taptic Engine, Safari View Controller, and implements Apple’s sensible invert launched in iOS 11.
“Fundamentally though, it was built entirely with Apple technology to take full advantage of the platform and really feel at home on it and immediately familiar to anyone who uses iOS,” Selig says. “In a nutshell, my goal was to make it feel like if Apple built a Reddit app, so I’d consider it a really great first class citizen of iOS.”
While lots of the options and customizations will please heavy Reddit customers (and thus far, their suggestions is largely optimistic), the app additionally appeals to those that aren’t a part of Reddit’s core base, due to its engaging design, emphasis on media content material, and ease of use.
Apollo is a free obtain, however an in-app buy of $2.99 will unlock additional options together with the potential to submit posts utilizing the Markdown editor (free customers can submit feedback with the editor); the Automatic Dark Mode; the potential to customise your gestures; change the app icon, and extra.
Thankfully, the app is not cluttered by advertisements, however there is an in-app Tip Jar – a newly permitted choice for app builders.
The app is clearly a labor of affection from somebody who actually enjoys Reddit. And it’s been in the works for fairly some time, because it seems.
Selig, who’s primarily based in Halifax, Canada, says he’s been engaged on Apollo since September 2015 – when he graduated from Dalhousie University the place he had studied Computer Science. And he labored on it part-time the 12 months earlier than, after he briefly interned with Apple as an iOS developer on the Enterprise iOS group.
He now plans to proceed engaged on Apollo full-time, however might do some impartial contracting on the aspect if time permits, he says.