Apple has finally answered the prayers of millions of iPhone users fed up with having to hide those annoying built-in apps.
The next version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 10, will allow users to delete many of the apps that come pre-loaded on the iPhone. That’s right, you will soon be able to kiss the “Stocks” app goodbye and do the same to the “iBooks” app and even the long-hated “Tips” app that forever remains on your iPhone, long after you’ve learned how to use your phone.
Surprisingly, Apple didn’t even mention the change during its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote Monday, where the company showed off a preview of iOS 10. Tech journalists and developers pointed out the change after the keynote, and it quickly became one of the most celebrated announcements on social media.
It’s important to note that you won’t be able to delete all of the built-in iPhone apps once iOS 10 launches — but you will have the option to delete 23 of them, including apps like “Find My Friends,” “Compass” and “Stocks” that many users have complained about in the past.
You will also be able to delete the “Apple Watch” app if you don’t have one of the smartwatches. Last March, Apple infuriated some users after its iOS 8.2 update installed an un-deletable Apple Watch companion app to their devices.
You will also have the option to delete the “Mail” app if you use a third-party app for managing your emails, like Google’s Gmail app.
Although you will have more freedom to free up space on your phone, Apple does warn that deleting certain apps may prevent others from working the way they should. For example, if you remove the Podcasts app you won’t be able to play Podcasts using CarPlay.
Sadly, you will have to wait until iOS 10 is released this fall to delete any apps.
Here is a list of all the apps you will be able to delete on iOS 10:
- Find My Friends
- iCloud Drive
- iTunes Store
- Voice Memos
- Watch app