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Apollo for Reddit, the beloved iOS client created by Christian Selig, will be bidding farewell on June 30th.

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After Twitter, now Reddit’s new API pricing policies could potentially burden Selig with an annual expense exceeding $20 million.

Apollo, a highly acclaimed iOS app that has garnered a significant following as a Reddit browsing tool, is unfortunately facing imminent closure due to the substantial increase in API pricing imposed by the company after Twitter.

In a regretful announcement on Twitter, Christian Selig, the developer behind Apollo, revealed that the app will cease operations on June 30th. Selig expressed his deep disappointment, attributing the app’s shutdown to the recent decisions and actions taken by Reddit.

Reddit introduces API pricing policy.

Offering further insights into the predicament, Selig penned an extensive post on Reddit, elucidating the challenges faced by Apollo. He emphasized that the prevailing API pricing structure established by Reddit would entail an annual expenditure exceeding $20 million for the app’s continued operation. Selig eloquently conveyed the insurmountable obstacle this sudden shift poses, stating, “Going from enjoying the benefits of a free API for a remarkable span of 8 years to suddenly shouldering exorbitant costs is an unviable proposition within the given 30-day timeframe.” The developer shed light on the complexities associated with migrating a substantial user base, formulating new plans, conducting rigorous testing, and navigating the rigorous app review process, all of which render the endeavor economically impractical. Regrettably, the most cost-effective course of action for Selig is to discontinue the app altogether.

Apollo’s premature retirement

The announcement of Apollo’s imminent closure has deeply saddened the devoted users who have come to appreciate the app’s seamless integration of Reddit’s vast ecosystem. Offering a superior browsing experience, Apollo has won the hearts of countless individuals with its user-friendly interface, intuitive features, and commitment to quality.

The impending departure of Apollo serves as a somber reminder of the evolving landscape of app development, where unforeseen financial burdens can force applications into premature retirement. While the loss of Apollo is undoubtedly disheartening, it also highlights the challenges faced by developers in sustaining innovative platforms in an increasingly competitive market.

As the final days of Apollo approach, users are left to reflect on the invaluable contribution the app has made to their Reddit browsing experience. The void left by its absence will undoubtedly be felt by its loyal user base. In the realm of technology, where apps come and go, Apollo’s closure will serve as a poignant reminder of the impermanence that often pervades the digital realm.

Reddit says Apollo is less efficient

Selig, the developer of Apollo, has countered Reddit’s assertion that their app is “less efficient” compared to others, arguing that Reddit’s evaluation of the data is biased. Selig points out that Apollo operates well within the predefined API rate limits specified by Reddit, utilizing only a minute fraction of the resources.

To substantiate his claims, Selig has shared a partial audio recording of a conversation between himself and a Reddit employee. The purpose of this recording is to demonstrate that he never engaged in blackmail against Reddit for a sum of $10 million. Although the audio recording reveals Selig making a joking remark about the matter, he asserts that the accusations of him threatening the company are solely internal allegations made by Reddit CEO Steve Huffman.

When approached for comment, Reddit spokesperson Tim Rathschmidt declined to provide a statement. However, he disclosed that the company intends to release additional information on Thursday and Friday. As part of their efforts to address user concerns, Reddit has scheduled an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session with CEO Steve Huffman on Friday. During this session, Huffman will discuss various topics, including the latest API updates, accessibility improvements, mod bots, and third-party mod tools.

What is the API pricing framework

On June 12th, numerous prominent communities on Reddit are set to take a stand against the platform’s API pricing adjustments, leading to temporary suspension or restriction of new posts. Among the affected subreddits are r/gaming, r/Music, r/Pics, r/todayilearned, r/art, r/DIY, r/EarthPorn, r/explainlikeimfive, r/gadgets, r/LifeProTips, and several others, as per an unofficial list.

In response to the impending protest, Reddit recently announced a specific exemption in its new API pricing framework for developers of accessibility applications. Regrettably, it appears that no provision has been made to enable the survival of Apollo, a popular Reddit client.

Christian Selig, the developer behind Apollo, has conveyed his intention to delete Apollo’s API token on the evening of June 30th, Pacific Time. Until that time, he assures users that Apollo will continue functioning as usual. If you are a subscriber of Apollo, Selig intends to offer a pro-rated refund in the coming weeks, ensuring reimbursement for the remaining duration of your subscription.

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