Apple today showed off a ton of new features that’ll be included with iOS 10, but what could end up being one of the most popular new features was discovered after Apple’s keynote.
It’s been confirmed that with iOS 10, you’ll be able to delete many of Apple’s stock apps. Screenshots posted by users that’ve already installed the first iOS 10 developer preview show the ability to delete apps like Calendar, Weather, Notes, Watch, Mail, and Music. Apple has added these apps to the App Store, which let you reinstall these apps after you delete them.
Confirmed: stock apps are removable!!! pic.twitter.com/hk7Jk98Rli
— Matt Ellison (@iWindowsTech) June 13, 2016
Of course, not all of the apps can be deleted. Some are kind of essential to how your iPhone works, like Settings and App Store, so it makes sense that they can’t be deleted. Some of the other un-deletable Apple apps are Messages, Phone, Safari, Camera, Photos, and Wallet.
It’s no surprise that Apple didn’t mention iOS 10’s ability to delete stock iOS apps at its keynote, as the company would probably feel kind of weird saying “Hey, now you can delete those junk apps that you normally just hide in a folder!” That said, it’s nice to see Apple finally giving iOS users a feature that they’ve been asking for for years now, and this is sure to be one of the most talked-about features of iOS 10 when the update rolls out to the public in the fall.
I can confirm that stock iOS apps can now be deleted in iOS 10. It'll be out in the fall, w/ a public beta in July. pic.twitter.com/9we1dDlkk1
— Mr. Vernier (@MrVernier) June 13, 2016