My dream Hacker News (HN) client for iOS would look like Apollo, but work for HN instead of Reddit. Apollo has a seamless, iOS native design that makes it easy to navigate between posts and comment trees.

I think I’ve downloaded all of the iOS HN clients on the App Store. Many barely work (see “skippable”), but some would be excellent with a little polish (see “acceptable”).


  1. Octal — Nice design. Non-native feel. Easy to collapse comments.
  2. HACK for Hacker News Developer — Design is complicated with too many icons. Typography is too large.
  3. Starling for HN — Does everything a basic HN client needs. Collapsing comments isn’t quick.