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Thursday 27 October 2016

Apple will finally let you delete the iPhone apps you never use

Madhumita Murgia

Published 14/06/2016 | 11:32

Tim Cook (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Tim Cook (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Apple unveiled a raft of new features at its Worldwide Developers Conference event in California, including a smarter, much-improved Siri which will work with apps like Uber or WhatsApp and also on Macs, redesigned Watch and tvOS software and the much-awaited iOS 10 for iPhones that included a revamped Apple Music, Maps and iMessages.

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The one change that was quietly skipped during the keynote, but was spotted by beta testers is going to make iPhone users very happy: you can now delete the default or "stock" apps that iPhones come loaded with.

Until now, the only choice users had was to round up all the unused apps and put them in a folder marked "Apps I want to delete" or something similar.

Read more: Apple unveils new iOS, home app and new security features at World Developer Conference

There are currently at least 18 pre-installed iOS apps that are non-removable - this includes neglected ones like Tips, Stocks and Compass, or Watch and Health if you don't own an Apple Watch and then useful apps such as Phone and Mail.

— Shorty (@Shorty) June 13, 2016

— Shorty (@Shorty) June 13, 2016  

To delete most apps, users hold down on them on the home screen until an "x" appears in the top left corner of each app. Until now though, these have been disabled on the pre-installed apps.

Twitter users also showed what happens when you are linked to a deleted stock app, such as opening an email address.

iOS 10 was unveiled last night at Apple's WWDC but is not set to be released until the autumn, when Apple is expected to release its new iPhone.


Other major features of the new iOS 10 include emoji tap, which lets you replace words with emoji, a new iMessage which allows you to order food, book cabs and even transfer money just by text and a smarter Siri.

Read more: Apple iOS 10: The 10 best new features

As well as the new iPhone and iPad software, Apple unveiled a new version of watchOS and tvOS, and re-branded the Mac's operating system, OS X, as macOS.

Apple's Craig Federighi called iOS 10 "our biggest release ever". The only question that remains, is which app will you delete first?

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