Apple’s looking into the idea of letting you remove stock iOS apps

Android users know all too well about bloat. Taking a new phone home from the store, they’re well accustomed to facing a litany of pre-installed apps: carrier apps, manufacturer apps, Google apps, and maybe even a few from random third parties who just happened to ink distribution deals with one of those other companies. In contrast, Apple users have had it pretty good, but they still have to put up with a bunch of non-removable apps of their own, in the form of Apple’s stock set of iOS programs. If you’ve been wishing you could free up a little storage space by uninstalling some you don’t really have a use for, you may be in luck, as Tim Cook reveals that he’s open to implementing something along that line.

Cook’s clear that not every every default iOS app could find itself eligible for deletion, as dependencies dictate that certain software is going to count on the presence of other apps to get its job done, but for non-essential apps, the day may soon come when you’ll be able to pick and choose what you want to keep.

Cook recognizes that permanently removing unused apps is something certain iOS users are very interested in, and says that he thinks Apple will eventually find a way to accommodate those wishes without horribly breaking anything in the process.

There’s nothing like an ETA just yet, nor even a promise this will arrive in iOS 10, but it’s clearly a feature Apple’s considering, giving hope to all you iPhone users who are getting a little sick of that Compass app you never use.

Source: Buzzfeed
Via: Cult of Mac

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