Well it certainly looks like Apple has finally awakened to the many cries of its dedicated and passionate fans. In what’s perhaps poised to be one of the most beloved of all the cool new features in iOS 10, Apple is finally, once and for all, opening up to users the ability to permanently delete stock apps from their iOS Devices.
Okay so, just for the record, Apple didn’t exactly make a huge, splashing announcement about the new feature in iOS 10 yesterday. But we know for a fact, either way, that users will be thrilled to know they can finally delete those pesky, unwanted apps such as Stocks, Podcasts, Compass, Calendars, and more, for whatever reason they might want to delete them.
All that said, the following apps can be permanently deleted from your iOS 10-running handsets and tablets — via the same, press-hold deletion method employed for 3rd party apps.
- iCloud Drive
- iTunes Store
- Voice Memos
Deleting native iOS apps has for long been somewhat of a contentious issue among users. The fact is, some people would simply prefer to clean up their device’s home screens — or even free up storage — by getting rid of all that extra clutter and unnecessary apps that they don’t even use.
But Apple, for its part, appears to realize that even though some users will want to clean things up a bit, there is that small chance that a need for these native apps might arise at a later time — which is why, for iOS 10, Apple will be including these native apps in its App Store for re-downloading at any time.
Even despite all the (not-so-practical) workarounds that’ve popped up in recent years, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, first alluded to the fact that users might one day be able to delete system apps from their iOS devices back in September, 2015.
However, he did so with somewhat of a cautious tone — suggesting that some apps, such as Phone and iMessage, for instance, would need to remain installed in order to maintain the device, in and of itself.
Even still, we don’t doubt for a second that many, many users out there will be thrilled to know that they’ll soon be able to delete these native apps later on this fall, once and for all, if their heart so desires.
Are you excited to finally be able to delete these apps from your iPhone? Let us know in the comments!