Former Apple intern Christian Selig has released version 1.4 of Apollo, the popular Reddit client developed with Apple's iOS design guidelines in mind. The latest update introduces a raft of highly requested features, including quick switching accounts and new subreddit preferences to add to its existing plethora of options.
For those who like to access multiple Reddit accounts through the Apollo app, the new quick switching feature can be activated by long-pressing the Accounts tab in the bottom tab bar.
Over on the subreddit option front, it's now possible to use specific sorting, where Apollo can remember preferred sorting preferences on a per subreddit basis.
In Selig's example, if users want one subreddit to always be sorted by "New", but another to always be sorted by "Best", now they can. There are also separate options for both subreddit posts and subreddit comments.
In a similar fashion, it's now possible to have Apollo remember post size preferences on a per subreddit basis, so users could have some subreddits in compact mode and others in large mode.
Elsewhere in 1.4, there's support for Reddit Silver, Gold, and Platinum tiered gifting system (Reddit's replacement for the previous Reddit Gold system) for gifting posts and comments.
In addition, support has been added for more browsers including Firefox Focus, Brave, DuckDuckGo, and iCab Mobile, while users can now opt to have all tweets open in Tweetbot, Twitterrific, or the official Twitter app.
Also of note, Apollo now shows if a comment has been edited, there's a new icon designed by David Lanham, and a bug that was preventing some GIFs from playing has been fixed. Lastly, the Ultra $0.99 monthly in-app purchase now includes all the features of the one-time Pro $2.99 IAP automatically, so Ultra subscribers don't ever have to pay out for more features.
Apollo is available for iPhone and iPad on the App Store [Direct Link] as a free download without ads, with optional in-app purchases available to unlock enhanced features such as submitting posts, multiple accounts, a customizable app icon and gestures, Touch ID or Face ID authentication, and GIF scrubbing.
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Sorry to confuse. Really appreciate the initial contribution. Long story short, there's a few features like push notifications that require a separate server with ongoing costs for me in order to provide (it's what the notifications are "pushed" from), which meant I unfortunately couldn't just bundle it in with Pro, as well there's ongoing monthly costs associated with servers. What you paid for (Pro) is still alive and well with more features coming, there's just a separate option now to help out with server costs.
Narwhal is a fantastic app, I legitimately completely understand why you'd use it, Apollo's just another option I wanted to offer.
On the pricing front I wanted to clarity your points a bit. Narwhal offers fetch-based notifications based on iOS' Background App Refresh (Apollo will offer these as a free option as well soon). These aren't "true" push notifications, as instead of having a server send out notifications when they arrive, iOS instead periodically wakes the app up to check for notifications (a system called Background App Refresh), and then puts up an alert if there's anything new (Local Notifications). This on-device solution has the downside of affecting battery life (rather than push notifications that are completely on the server) and iOS disables them during Low Power Mode, and other downsides like how sometimes iOS will only wake up the app every few hours, so the notifications will be delayed, and a lot of those fetches and wake ups won't even result in a new notification being found if you're not super active on Reddit, so they're wasted network requests/battery usage.
So long story short those kind of notifications are great in that they have no associated costs as it's done completely on device, but there's a lot of downsides as well. I plan to offer both in Apollo but I wanted to offer "true" push notifications at first, but there's a small fee to cover associated monthly server costs that are required for it to work. And it's not really $25, it's $1/mo but if you want to unlock it for a lifetime it's $25, because you're basically paying for a ton of months of ongoing service up front. It's kinda like how Netflix isn't $6000, it's $10/mo they just don't have a lifetime option that would cost $6000 if they did. :P
Hope that clears it up a bit, I really try to be as reasonable with Apollo as I possibly can.
Since this app is literally a reddit app, how have the complainers not seen all of the conversations at /r/apolloapp/? Christian literally involved the community at every point along the way, sought advice, and explained the walls and limitations he was hitting on bringing push notifications to the app. He involved the community when Apple pulled the app over notifications, when he was having issues with the number of polls the app was making for images, etc. I could understand this frustration if it was a big company with deep pockets, but this is only one man.
Not everything is out to get you and not everything is a scam. You're just acting offended without basis.
I encountered a bug and reported it to the developer. The guy personally responded to be within 24 hours and said it would be fixed in the next update, which it was. If there’s one app I never regretted paying for, its this one.