iOS 10 Allows Removing Stock Apple Apps
As soon as the new iOS 10 will be launched, you may be able to remove the unwanted default apps that come with your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch.
The new operating system is expected to be announced at Apple’s World Wide Developers conference this summer, and it’s planning to let users choose if they want to remove some of the default apps or not, according to a report on AppAdvice. A welcome change from the previous versions of iOS.
The report also stated that Apple has begun applying “isFirstParty” and “isFirstPartyHideableApp” features to all the apps in the App Store, which took about eight months to complete.
According to a declaration that Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, made for Buzfeed News, Apple was trying to do something to allow users to remove the extra apps, adding that “This is a more complex issue than it first appears” and that “There are some apps that are linked to something else on the iPhone. If they were to be removed they might cause issues elsewhere on the phone. There are other apps that aren’t like that. So over time, I think with the ones that aren’t like that, we’ll figure out a way [for you to remove them]. … It’s not that we want to suck up your real estate; we’re not motivated to do that. We want you to be happy. So I recognize that some people want to do this, and it’s something we’re looking at.”
At the beginning of the year, the Apple Configurator 2.2 beta allowed users to hide some apps if they were using iOS 9.3 and now they are looking into allowing them to remove them completely.
But, for the people who can’t wait for iOS 10 to be launched, there is a Youtube tutorial that teaches users how to hide the apps in invisible folders.