Apple will (eventually) let you remove some of its iOS apps

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Jon Fingas
September 15, 2015 5:28 PM
Apple will (eventually) let you remove some of its iOS apps

Apple's iOS devices have long included apps that you're unlikely to use (do you really need a stock tracker?), and that list only seems to be getting longer. That's potentially a big problem, especially when the company is still shipping 16GB flagship iPhones where every megabyte counts. However, there might be some relief in sight. In a chat with BuzzFeed News, CEO Tim Cook says that his company will eventually "figure out a way" for you to remove some of those apps. You won't get to yank all of them (that "might cause issues" with some device features, Cook says), but this could spare you from creating a folder for the bundled apps that would otherwise gather virtual dust.

There's no timetable for when this will happen, so don't be surprised if you end up waiting a while to clean up your home screens. However, the very mention of the idea represents a shift in Apple's stance toward bundled apps. Cook wants you "to be happy" with your gear, not to "suck up your real estate." To him, it's better to let you purge some software than to risk losing a customer.

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