Apollo Reddit Client for iOS

Earlier this week, iOS developer Christian Selig publicly released his Apollo Reddit client for iPhone and iPad. After working on it for nearly three years — and with the help of a lot of beta testers — Selig has crafted a premier Reddit app that already shows a lot of promise. As the author of The Sweet Setup’s review of the best Reddit apps for iOS, I will be playing with Apollo to see how it compares with our current top pick, Narwhal.

In a Reddit post about the public release, he explains his motivations for creating Apollo:

Why build it? There’s already Reddit apps.

While there are some nice ones, nothing exactly scratched my itch as to what a Reddit client could really achieve on iOS. Alien Blue came close, but still had a UI that especially once iOS 7 launched felt outdated and somewhat out of place on iOS. Android also has some really great clients, but I just think the experience on iOS has been lacking and is due for something to really show what Reddit on iOS can be. I built Apollo with the goal of not just being the best Reddit experience on iOS, but the best Reddit experience period.

A lofty goal indeed. Watch the trailer here:

Apollo is free to download, but if you leave a “tip” within the app (starting from $3), you’ll unlock a ton of nifty features, including:

  • The ability to submit posts (this one’s probably the most controversial but I get why he made the decision)
  • Multiple account support
  • Auto dark mode
  • Custom app icon (I can’t decide which one I like more, “Blueberry Breath” or “Ruby”)
  • Custom swipe gestures (I’ve changed mine to replicate those in Narwhal, for familiarity’s sake)
  • Keyword/subreddit filtering
  • Comment color themes
  • GIF scrubbing (this is one thing I’ve always wanted in Narwhal)