Tim Cook: Apple ‘Looking At’ Letting Users Delete Some Stock iOS Apps

Uzair Ghani
Posted Sep 15, 2015
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Given how things stand, there are a lot of apps in iOS that are shipped as standard, and with iOS 9, Apple has boosted the number of pre-installed applications which can’t be uninstalled whether the user likes them or not. But thankfully, Apple’s head honcho, CEO Tim Cook, has revealed that users might be able to remove some stock iOS apps in the future.

Tim Cook

During an interview with John Paczkowski of BuzzFeed News, Tim Cook said that in the near future Apple might allow users to get rid of some stock apps. For instance, apps will Compass, Tips etc. will be under your wand for removal. But interestingly, apps like Messages, Mail, Safari and others might not even budge. Tim Cook states that these apps are core to the overall functionality of iOS and are linked to other apps in one way or the other. But other apps, which aren’t like the aforementioned ones, can be removed at a user’s digression.

“This is a more complex issue than it first appears,” he says. “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.”

The crux of the above quote is simple: don’t hold your breath for the ability to remove stock apps just yet as Apple is ‘looking at’ the potential of such a feature. But given how the question has been thrown at Apple, it’s likely that the company will act swiftly, and users shouldn’t expect the feature to arrive in iOS 9 when it hits download channels tomorrow.

You’ve been warned.

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The idea of being able to remove stock iOS apps is actually a pretty neat one. For instance, instead of having a Garbage, Unused or Junk folder on your home screen, you can promptly remove stock apps altogether. But one thing’s unclear at this point: will Apple let users absolutely remove a stock app from our devices, subsequently freeing up space, or will it just let us ‘hide’ the app? And if it does let us delete stock applications, will we be able to download them again from the App Store or will there be a routine we have to follow to bring all of them back? These are a few questions that direly need answering. But still, Apple knows how much we despise stock apps at times and it’s ‘looking at’ the potential of allowing users to remove them. That’s a big win for us.

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