Apple To Allow Users To Delete Built-in iPhone Apps: Cook

Apple’s iPhone comes with several native apps that are hardly ever opened and used by their owners. These apps are either located in their own folder or far off on the smartphone screen. And soon, Apple might give iPhone owners the option of deleting those apps.

Deleting such apps not easy as it sounds

In an interview with Buzzfeed that was published Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook hinted at such a possibility. However, he warned that deleting such apps could affect the performance of the device as some of the apps are linked to other processes on the iPhone. Therefore, the firm is working on a way for deleting those apps that does not have any such connection.

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“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. So I recognize that some people want to do this, and it’s something we’re looking at,” Cook said.

Apple’s iPhone comes with several apps that are out of the box, such as Mail, Tips, Stocks, the Safari Web browser and an Apple Watch app. These apps take up valuable storage space and therefore are a major problem for the people who do not make use of them.

Apple’s iOS 9, smaller and smarter

Though Cook gave no information on when users will be allowed to delete these junk apps, the CEO did say that it was “something we’re looking at.” And with the iOS 9 update, which is due today, we could hope for more detail on it. Apple’s iOS 9 will not only be smaller in size but also promises to save battery life with the low-power mode.

With iOS 9, a few concerns about an upcoming feature for digital voice assistant Siri have also been taken care of. Users can now simply say “Hey, Siri” with no need of touching the phone. This feature has led to privacy concerns since Siri always remains on, as noted by Buzzfeed. To this, Cook says it depends on the users to decide whether they want “Hey, Siri” or not, adding that Apple does not have any access to the information as it is stored on the device and does not go back to the company.