For many, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) remains a near perfect operating system with numerous users, and when polled nearly 30 percent of users claim "they wouldn't change a thing." For those with complaints, high on the list these often have to do with multitasking. But what also makes the list is a lack of flexibility that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) affords its users with regards to apps. While most of these are macro complaints like Apple's totalitarian control over what makes it to the App store. Another complaint is that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) doesn't allow users to delete pre-loaded apps like Maps, iCal , Notes, GameCenter, etc.
Apple's Native Apps:
This inability to remove Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)'s native applications may be a thing of the past once iOS 7 is released this fall. With third-party alternatives available in the hundreds of thousands at the App Store, many iPhone and iPad users never use these native apps, with the exception of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)'s dialer. Additionally, users often group all of these in their own folder and pass it way "down the line" so that they are not in the way or taking up valuable real estate on their home screens.
According to Steve Kovach of Business Insider, who by the way moved all of his native apps into a folder entitled "poop," he has found a number of things that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is testing including the ability of users to ditch these unwanted applications from their phone.
As with all beta versions and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) rumors, this means very little when it comes to the final version and users may once again find their phones cluttered with unwanted programs that end-users have no ability to remove from the phone that they have bought and paid for with their hard-earned money.
While Apple Maps is expected to be completely revamped and improved, my guess is that if given the opportunity to remove it I will do so immediately following the debacle of its first incarnation that was as laughable in it lack of features as is was its accuracy. GameCenter will be a thing of the past, while Contacts and iCal may survive the cut when I upgrade to iOS 7.