If there’s one thing that everyone has on their iPhone or iPad is that little folder filled with crap that no one uses. Not everyone is interested in Stocks, nor does everyone have an Apple Watch. These apps take up unnecessary space on the home screen, and soon Apple may let you remove them.
Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, is currently doing the rounds and in an interview with BuzzFeed News, he revealed that they’re “looking at” letting us get rid of those default iPhone apps which are rarely used.
Cook acknowledged that customers want this option, but he also added that there’s not a chance you’ll be able to replace or delete apps like Messages, Safari, or Mail.
This is a more complex issue than it first appears. 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].
That does make sense, as Apple’s core apps are more than just apps on the surface. It is however nice to see Apple easing up on some of their pre-installed apps.
“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.”
Unfortunately that’s all he had to say on the matter. No official dates or details were revealed, so I think right now it’s just an idea which Apple are mulling over.