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Apple really knows how to load a lot of bloatware into their devices. Apps like iMovie, Pages, iBooks and Watch (the Apple Watch client for iPhone) alongside stock apps like Mail, Weather, and Stocks take up lots of space and are, most of the time, not ever used by users. And there’s never been a way to fix this, however starting with iOS 10, Apple will finally let you delete them from your device for good.
The apps in question which will become uninstallable this fall include:
- Find My Friends
- iCloud Drive
- iTunes Store
- Voice Memos
- Watch app
Apple claims that all of these apps combined take up only 150MB of space, but as you begin to use them and create more data, isn’t even more room taken up on your device? Plus, users like previous Android owners probably won’t be using Apple’s stock apps a lot and want to use third-party apps like Gmail or Chrome so their experience is similar to the one they had in the past. This makes sense and is probably a part of Apple’s continuing efforts to attract Android users and make them switch to their platform.
Of course, there are some consequences when uninstalling these applications, and as Apple’s support page for the feature states, they aren’t really that big of a deal.
Removing built-in apps from your Home screen can affect other system functionalities. Here are some examples:
- If you remove the Calculator app, the calculator won’t appear in Control Center.
- If you remove the Stocks or Weather app from your Home screen, stocks and weather won’t be available elsewhere. For example, you won’t see stocks and weather information in Notification Center on your iPhone or as Complications or Glances on your Apple Watch.
- If you remove the Podcasts app from your Home screen, Podcasts won’t be available with CarPlay.
- You can remove the Contacts app from an iPhone only. If you remove Contacts, you won’t lose your contact information. You can still find all of that information in the Phone app.
- If you remove the Music app, it won’t be available to use with CarPlay.
- If you try to remove the Watch app from an iPhone that’s paired with an Apple Watch, an alert asks you to unpair your Apple Watch before you can remove the app.
Most of these problems probably won’t affect you and your use of your iDevice, however just be careful when performing these uninstallations.
Oh, and if you don’t like the News app in iOS, don’t worry. Apple will allow you to uninstall that in a later version of the operating system.
If you wanna get some apps back on your system you deleted, Apple will allow you to download them again via the App Store. Just search for the app you’re looking for and clicked “Install”.
This feature will be very welcome amongst many users and be met with much satisfaction. I couldn’t tell you how many people have told me that all the bloatware on iOS is the reason they won’t switch over. Now, it looks like they have no excuse. Checkmate.
If you’re running the iOS 10 beta right now, you can already uninstall system apps. And if you’ll be running the preview version of the OS this July as a part of the public beta program, you’ll also have access to the feature.
Are you looking forward to uninstalling Apple’s system apps in iOS 10?
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