Apollo: The Reddit Client of the Future

By Alexander Mervar

I have tried every Reddit client that I have come across.  I've used Alien Blue, the original Reddit client, and it was incredibly outdated.  So outdated in fact that it has basically been forgotten on the App Store.  Then, I tried Bacon Reader, which never really stuck with me due to the fact that it really wasn't created for an iOS user base and its design is filled with flaws that make it almost impossible to use.  Then, I discovered Narwhal, which was the closest thing to the iOS Reddit experience I was looking for.  It is highly customizable and has gesture support but it is flawed in the visual design and wasn't incredibly intuitive for people who are hardcore users, which I have since metamorphosized into.  I used Narwhal for two years and I loved the app (I still openly support it by checking in on development and keeping tabs on the developers) but, it doesn't hold a candle to a new Reddit client I discovered on October 23rd, which was actually the client's release date, Apollo. 

Visual Design

Apollo is developed by Christian Selig, a former Apple employee with an eye for design.  He incorporates all of Apple's key features to make it seem like this app was built by Apple themselves.  Apple's signature clean design and intuitive accents are obvious inspirations throughout the entire app.  In fact, the only reason I know it isn't Apple developing this app is because of the friendly encounters on Reddit and Twitter between Christian and his fans and users I have witnessed.  This makes the experience of this app even more enjoyable knowing that this is someone's hard work and it truly shows!  Apollo is a beautiful app that blows away the competition.  The closest look to Apollo would be the stock Reddit application.  Both of the photos below are from each application.

Reddit

Apollo

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The Attention to Detail When Interacting with Each Individual Post

Something that I cannot live without are all of the excellent and insightful exchanges that happen in the comments section of Reddit posts.  For me, this means that the interface has to be rock solid so I don't end up breaking my train of thought while I am reading and conversing.  This is another area where Apollo shines!  Apollo's gestures maintain that fluid style of reading so you never skip a beat.  If I want to collapse a thread, all I have to do is swipe.  (I have my gestures customized to my liking but you can have them set up to do a multitude of things.)

Apollo

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Reddit

As you can see, what takes Apollo one simple gesture, takes the Reddit application a multi-step function that is hidden in a popup menu after hitting the "..." option on each individual thread.

Customization

Something I look forward to in every new application on my devices is the different ways I can make the application my own.  For me, that means customization is an absolute must if I am going to stick with an app for an extended period of time.  Apollo offers that customization.  Apollo offers full and in-depth customization for the gestures for each individual part of Reddit.  Apollo has over 20 different app icons (The list is growing); and Christian also plans on adding font options soon.

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And So Much More...

I could go on forever but, everything must come to a close (for now).  So, below is a list of some of the features that you can see in Apollo.

- Jump Bar, for super-fast hopping between subreddits
- Super-charged Media Viewer for an amazing experience viewing images, GIFs, videos, albums , and more from a variety of sources.
- Tabbed interface for easy navigating
- Incredibly powerful Markdown composer for writing comments and posts
- Full inline Imgur uploading, both images and albums
- Large or compact posts depending on your preference
- Dark mode (can be automatic)
- Fully customizable gestures
- Safari View Controller for browsing articles and links
- Inline previews of media in comments
- 3D Touch support
- Beautifully organized Inbox
- Filtering and blocking
- Face ID / Touch ID / Passcode lock
- Moderator features
- Tons of settings to tweak
- GIF scrubbing to go backward and forward in time
- Multiple accounts
- Powerful search
- Full Markdown rendering
- Unobtrusive Volume Indicator