A former Apple intern, Christian Selig says he wasn’t pleased with the number of iOS apps for surfing Reddit, so he determined to construct his personal. The developer this week introduced his personal Reddit shopper known as Apollo, which gives a fantastically designed surfing revel in for both iPhone or iPad, in addition to customizable gestures, a media viewer, a complete Markdown writing editor, and different options impressed through Reddit person comments.
“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 used to be 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 provide now not only a greater cellular model of Reddit, however one who beats surfing the website online by way of the internet, too.
The very first thing you’ll realize about Apollo is its look-and-feel, which does really feel extra consistent with Apple’s design than a few of the different Reddit purchasers on the marketplace these days. It’s an exquisite, blank and fashionable app, and is simple to navigate.
The app contains 5 tabs: Posts, Inbox, Account, Seek and Settings, all obtainable from the backside of the display.
From the primary display (Posts), you’re ready to browse the Reddit homepage in both an expanded or compact mode. The previous is the default and is a greater revel in for viewing the imagery and movies accompanying the posts, but when you favor a denser appearance, you can transfer over to compact mode from the “more” button at the top-right of the display.
From there, you too can type the feed through what’s scorching, favourite pieces, disguise the posts you’ve learn, and proportion pieces.
The app additionally contains its personal integrated media viewer for viewing Reddit content material, in addition to the ones from assets like Imgur, Gfycat, Imgflip, XKCD, Streamable, YouTube, Vimeo and others, when hooked up to Reddit posts.
From the viewer, you can upvote or downvote the content material, faucet to view the feedback, or get entry to extra purposes, like saving the symbol or GIF on your tool, 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 variety of little touches in the app that talk to the thoughtfulness in the back of its design. For instance, whilst you’re studying via feedback, you’ll realize with each and every indent in an extended thread, the line subsequent to the remark has a special colour, making it more uncomplicated to tell apart between the posts.
When feedback come with hyperlinks, they open in a internet viewer appropriate in the app, as an alternative of launching Safari. That approach, you can view the hyperlink then faucet “Done” to temporarily go back to the dialogue.
The app makes excellent use of gestures, as neatly.
You’ll swipe on posts and feedback to cave in them, answer, upvote or downvote, and save. Alternatively, in the Settings segment, you can utterly customise those gestures on your liking, together with the the ones for your inbox, profile posts, and profile feedback, too.
Past converting the gestures, Apollo is extremely customizable in different spaces, too. You’ll pick out between a gentle theme or darkish, and will even configure it to activate according to such things as display brightness or native sundown instances. (Or you can press and hang on the nav bar to toggle it at any time.)
You’ll pick out which favourite subreddits seem in the app’s “Jump Bar” (nav bar).
You’ll head into the Settings to configure extra controls, like filtered key phrases, filtered subreddits, and blocked customers.
And you can upload more than one accounts to the app – one thing that are supposed to enchantment to those that love to stay their identities separate.
You’ll even exchange the default app icon from a number of over a dozen.
On account of Selig’s familiarity with Apple, he’s put the newest applied sciences to excellent use in the app. Along with being inbuilt Swift four.zero, it additionally makes use of three-D Contact widely, in addition to the Taptic Engine, Safari View Controller, and implements Apple’s good invert presented 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.”
Whilst a lot of the options and customizations will please heavy Reddit customers (and up to now, their comments is in large part sure), the app additionally appeals to those that aren’t a part of Reddit’s core base, as a result of its horny design, emphasis on media content material, and straightforwardness of use.
Apollo is a loose obtain, however an in-app acquire of $2.99 will liberate further options together with the skill to put up posts the usage of the Markdown editor (loose customers can put up feedback with the editor); the Automated Darkish Mode; the skill to customise your gestures; exchange the app icon, and extra.
Fortunately, the app is now not cluttered through commercials, however there is an in-app Tip Jar – a newly authorised choice for app builders.
The app is obviously a hard work of affection from anyone who truly enjoys Reddit. And it’s been in the works for slightly some time, because it seems.
Selig, who’s primarily based in Halifax, Canada, says he’s been operating on Apollo since September 2015 – when he graduated from Dalhousie College the place he had studied Pc Science. And he labored on it part-time the yr prior to, which used to be additionally when he in short interned with Apple as an iOS developer on the Endeavor iOS group.
He now plans to proceed operating on Apollo full-time, however might do a little impartial contracting on the facet if time allows, he says.