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iOS 10 won’t allow you to actually remove built-in apps, but rather hide them

Bradley Wint
By - Founder/Executive Editor
Jun 20, 2016 8:56pm AST
Photo: EverythingApplePro/YouTube

The English language is one hell of a thing as news spread quickly last week that default home screen apps could be deleted from iOS 10 devices.

While most of the Internet thought that removing the default apps meant uninstalling them entirely from the iPhone or iPad, it actually is simply just a case of removing the icons from the home page along with a few saved customized settings.

Apple’s website support page also explains this to some extent, highlighting that some functionality will be affected when default apps are removed, but they never really mention them being deleted entirely.

Craig Federighi, Apple’s software chief, also confirmed this saying that removing the apps only removes them from the home screen along with user preferences and other minor settings, and that removed apps can easily be re-activated via the Apple Store.

It’s not clear yet why these apps can’t be removed, but I suspect it’s a case of functionality being too intertwined with the core of the OS. Apple also states that their combined package only weighs in at 150MB of used space, which shouldn’t be too much of a problem unless you’re using their 16GB equivalents.

Beta users have pointed out that uninstalling those apps is breaking basic functionality. For instance, rather than suggesting a similar alternative app when a function is chosen, it prompts to user to re-activate the respective default app. As iOS 10 is still in beta, we are not sure if this will be changed or if this is just Apple’s way of saying, “yea you can remove the apps, but we’re going to make your experience difficult”.

Let’s hear your opinion on this in the comments below. Are you angry that default apps can’t be removed completely from your device? Or are you happy by the fact that they can be removed from the home screen even if they remain installed?

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