Former Apple novice Christian Selig says he wasn’t happy with a preference of iOS apps for browsing Reddit, so he motionless to build his own. The developer this week launched his possess Reddit customer called Apollo, that offers a beautifully designed browsing knowledge for possibly iPhone or iPad, as good as customizable gestures, a media viewer, a full Markdown essay editor and other facilities desirous by Reddit user feedback.
“Other Reddit apps for iOS don’t follow iOS pattern discipline well, and demeanour utterly out-of-place as a result, formulating an unknown knowledge for users that doesn’t filigree good with a rest of a iOS ecosystem,” explains Selig, about given he was encouraged to build a new Reddit app. “They also don’t offer as a full deputy for a desktop website,” he added.
With Apollo, he hopes to offer not usually a improved mobile chronicle of Reddit, yet one that beats browsing a site around a web, too.
The initial thing you’ll notice about Apollo is a look-and-feel, that does feel some-more in line with Apple’s pattern than some of a other Reddit clients on a marketplace today. It’s a beautiful, purify and complicated app, and is easy to navigate.
The app includes 5 tabs: Posts, Inbox, Account, Search and Settings, all available from a bottom of a screen.
From a categorical shade (Posts), you’re means to crop a Reddit homepage in possibly an stretched or compress mode. The former is a default and is a improved knowledge for observation a imagery and videos concomitant a posts, yet if we cite a denser look, we can switch over to compress mode from a “more” symbol during a top-right of a screen.
From there, we can also arrange a feed by what’s hot, favorite items, censor a posts you’ve review and share items.
The app also includes a possess built-in media spectator for observation Reddit content, as good as those from sources like Imgur, Gfycat, Imgflip, XKCD, Streamable, YouTube, Vimeo and others, when trustworthy to Reddit posts.
From a viewer, we can upvote or downvote a content, daub to perspective a comments, or entrance some-more functions, like saving a picture or GIF to your device, opening a calm in Safari, pity or saving a object or drumming to perspective a user’s form or a subreddit.
There are a series of small touches in a app that pronounce to a observance behind a design. For example, while you’re reading by comments, you’ll notice with any score in a prolonged thread, a line subsequent to a criticism has a opposite color, creation it easier to compute between a posts.
When comments embody links, they open in a web spectator right in a app, instead of rising Safari. That way, we can perspective a link, afterwards daub “Done” to fast lapse to a discussion.
The app creates good use of gestures, as well.
You can appropriate on posts and comments to fall them, reply, upvote or downvote and save. However, in a Settings section, we can totally customize these gestures to your liking, including those for your inbox, form posts and form comments, too.
Beyond changing a gestures, Apollo is rarely customizable in other areas, too. You can collect between a light thesis or dark, and can even configure it to spin on formed on things like shade liughtness or internal nightfall times. (Or we can press and reason on a nav bar to toggle it during any time.)
You can collect that favorite subreddits seem in a app’s “Jump Bar” (nav bar).
You can conduct into a Settings to configure some-more controls, like filtered keywords, filtered subreddits and blocked users.
And we can supplement mixed accounts to a app — something that should interest to those who like to keep their identities separate.
You can even change a default app idol from a preference of some-more than a dozen.
Because of Selig’s laxity with Apple, he’s put a latest technologies to good use in a app. In further to being built in Swift 4.0, it also uses 3D Touch extensively, as good as a Taptic Engine, Safari View Controller, and implements Apple’s intelligent upset introduced in iOS 11.
“Fundamentally though, it was built wholly with Apple record to take full advantage of a height and unequivocally feel during home on it and immediately informed to anyone who uses iOS,” Selig says. “In a nutshell, my idea was to make it feel like if Apple built a Reddit app, so I’d cruise it a unequivocally good initial category citizen of iOS.”
While many of a facilities and customizations will greatfully complicated Reddit users (and so far, their feedback is mostly positive), a app also appeals to those who aren’t partial of Reddit’s core base, given of a appealing design, importance on media calm and palliate of use.
Apollo is a free download, yet an in-app squeeze of $2.99 will clear additional features, including a ability to contention posts regulating a Markdown editor (free users can contention comments with a editor), a Automatic Dark Mode, a ability to customize your gestures, change a app idol and more.
Thankfully, a app is not cluttered by ads, yet there is an in-app Tip Jar — a newly available choice for app developers.
The app is clearly a labor of adore from someone who unequivocally enjoys Reddit. And it’s been in a works for utterly a while, as it turns out.
Selig, who’s formed in Halifax, Canada, says he’s been operative on Apollo given Sep 2015 — when he graduated from Dalhousie University where he had complicated Computer Science. And he worked on it part-time a year before, after he quickly interned with Apple as an iOS developer on a Enterprise iOS team.
He now skeleton to continue operative on Apollo full-time, yet might do some eccentric constrictive on a side if time permits, he says.