Apple products including the iPhone come preloaded with a copious amount of apps that, while theoretically useful, prove to be a nuisance to many users. In response to Twitter complaints, Apple CEO Tim cook recently announced the company may finally allow iPhone users to delete these applications.
Cook admitted these apps were triggering some controversy in an interview with Buzzfeed, where the topic of deleting them arose. “I recognize that some people want to do this, and it’s something we’re looking at.”
Standard iOS apps have been impossible to remove since the inception of the operating system in 2007. The only option for users who don’t want to use them is to create a “junk” folder in which to hide unwanted apps.
Cook has said, “We’ll figure out a way [for you to remove them]… 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.”
He also explained if the native app were deleted, it could disrupt other iPhone functions to which they are linked. For example, deleting the Phone app would make your iPhone unable to make calls. Deleting the maps app could disable Siri from giving you directions.