[Self Promo Saturday] Today I released version 1.9 of my Apollo for Reddit app, which includes a ton of new features and additions like beautiful crossposting, rich flair controls, comment translation, a new subreddit selector, new app icons, and more! iOS 14 TestFlight beta signup inside too!
Hey Apple subreddit,
I’m the developer of Apollo for Reddit, a Reddit app for iOS that the Apple community has been really kind to in the past. I wanted to keep everyone up to date on what I’m doing (not a lot of people seem to know but Apollo is my full-time job!) so I thought I’d make a post showing all the goodies in Apollo version 1.9.
Download link: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id979274575
In a nutshell, Apollo is a Reddit app built from the ground up to be a first-class app for iOS. I didn’t want just another cross-platform hybrid app that feels wonky, but an app built specifically to feel right at home on iOS and take advantage of all of its features. All while being super fast, clean, and very customizable, with a ton of awesome power features like a super-charged media viewer with GIF scrubbing, swipe gestures, slick comments view, smart rotation lock, and so much more. And free to use as long as you want (with the option to support for a few bucks).
My mom also says it’s great: https://i.imgur.com/CStrRVr.jpg Plus over 100K 5-star reviews from not my mom!
Oh, and there’s a TestFlight signup at the bottom if you want to beta test the app, as well as details on the iOS 14 update to drop when iOS 14 does!
Anyway, without further ado here’s the changelog:
Apollo 1.9’s a massive update to Apollo that’s taken months and months to complete, but I’m really happy with the result, and it brings together a ton of ideas from the community to make Apollo even nicer to use. The update includes a variety of features around crossposts, flair, new app icons, translation, and quality of life improvements. Thanks to everyone who writes in via email or via the [ApolloApp subreddit](https://reddit.com/r/apolloapp), your suggestions for what you want to see in Apollo help immensely and really motivate me to keep making Apollo better and better.
Without further ado, here are the changes included in this 1.9 update to Apollo:
### Crosspost Viewing
Crossposting (taking an existing post and reposting it to a similar subreddit) has been a big part of Reddit for ages, but recently it became a full-fledged feature where you can see exactly which subreddit it came from, and quickly jump to the original post. Apollo now supports this fully, so you can see the interesting content of the post, but also quickly jump over to read the original discussion! Often it’s like getting two interesting discussions in one!
Similar to being able to view crossposts, you can also easily perform a crosspost if you want as well! Simply select the post you want to crosspost, write a title, select the subreddit to crosspost it to, and bam, you’re off to the races.
### Image Flair
Flair is a little “tag” users can add to their usernames in subreddit, and some subreddits even allow small images/icons to be added in addition to text, like the icon for your favorite sports team, or a character from your favorite TV show. Apollo now shows these beautifully!
### Setting Your Flair
In addition to being able to view the flair as discussed in the previous item, you can now set your own flair! Simply go to the subreddit of your choosing, and you can choose from a list of customizable flairs so you can add a little personality to your comments, showing which language you’re learning, your username in a video game the subreddit is about, your fitness goals, etc.
### View Long Flair
Some users set loooong flair, and as a result it can get off, which can be annoying when you’re trying to figure out what it says. Well be annoyed no longer, for you can simply tap on the long flair to bring up a window that expands it fully!
### Find Posts with Same Flair
If the subreddit lets users tag their posts with individual flairs (say, being able to tag whether your question is about a certain character, or a certain topic), you can now simply tap on that flair and Apollo will show you all the other posts in the subreddit that have been tagged with that same flair.
### 5 (Yeah, Five!) New App Icons!
This update has taken a ton of time to work on, and as a result I was slightly behind in including the Ultra icons I wanted to include, but as a result there’s now a proper Icon Bonanza, with five new icons being included in this update. The first three are Ultra icons, all made by the same incredibly talented designer, Matthew Skiles, who I’ve been a fan of for a long time. I love how these turned out, we have our beloved Apollo mascot reimagined as an angel, a devil, as well as a zany pilot, all in gorgeous, colorful iconography. But those three icons aren’t all! Next up, we have a beautiful new Apollo icon representing the trans pride flag (originally created by Monica Helms), which came out really awesome and is a great addition. And last but not least, our incredible community designer, FutureIncident, makes his second appearance with the Japanese-inspired Apollo-san icon! I love this set of icons so much, it’s going to be really hard to choose.
### Easy Language Translation
Reddit is home to a diverse set of communities that have a variety of fascinating conversations, but sometimes it’s tricky to understand what’s being said if the conversation is in a language you’re not familiar with. Heck, you might even have no idea what the language is! Now Apollo will be able to detect if the language of a comment or post is different than the language of your iOS device, and if so, offer to quickly translate it so you can understand the conversation! It is so handy, whether you’re following a fascinating conversation or even trying to learn a new language.
### Fast Subreddit Selector
Whether you’re trying to add a single subreddit to a filter, or adding multiple subreddits at a time to a multireddit, Apollo is now even faster at doing these tasks, with an auto-completing window that makes it super fast to search and add subreddits.
### Total Collapsed Comments & Remembering Collapsed Comments
Two handy new additions to collapsing comments in Apollo. The first, Apollo will show you at a glance how many comments are in the collapsed conversation, which can be super handy for viewing a comment thread. The second thing, if you collapse a bunch of comments, and then come back to that same comment section later, Apollo will now remember which comments you had collapsed, and keep them collapsed for you!
### New Settings, Filters Tweaks, Bug Fixes, and More!
A bunch of awesome new settings have been added to Apollo, like being able to disable the auto-looping of videos with audio, or being able to make it so translation options always show up. Filtering is also even more powerful, with your filters being able to target flair and links as well (in addition to the title), and fixes a few filtering bugs. Apollo also now shows videos from Reddit’s experimental ‘RPAN’ service, which is essentially a kind of live stream post that you can now view within Apollo. Of course there’s a bunch of other small bug fixes around Apollo, from the occasional account accidentally signing out, to video bugs, to Apollo quitting in the background when it shouldn’t, as well as a bunch of other small tweaks across the app to improve your quality of life while browsing!
### Known Issues
(To be fixed very shortly. Please let me know if you’re on the iOS beta or a stable version because a lot of the issues are understandably only present on the iOS beta, but a fix for those will be out soon as well when iOS 14 drops)
– In weird cicrcumstances you can get duplicated audio
– When rotating device it can sometimes throw you up the feed
– Some accounts with a lot of data can have a bit of lag when returning from background (if this happens to you please send me your logs, Settings tab > About > Logs)
## TestFlight and iOS 14 Beta
I’ve been working hard at an iOS 14 update with widgets, picture in picture video, a new photo picker, and much more, so if you’re interested in beta testing that and providing your feedback/bugs, that would be awesome! You can sign up here: https://testflight.apple.com/join/I6svnXDz
Also note that for this 1.9 update I’m testing a “phased release” feature in App Store Connect so it may take a few days to get out to everyone, but the TestFlight beta has it immediately if you’re willing to endure some testing and providing feedback as well. 🙂
If you have any ideas about future updates, suggestions, or just general questions I’m happy to answer as well. It sounds bullshitty but I genuinely do build Apollo with the community in mind and giving people the Reddit app of their dreams.