Friday 20 July 2018

Apple may soon let you hide default apps


Mark O'Beirne

Apple has modified iTunes' metadata to add keys that indicate that iOS users may soon be able to hide default apps.

iOS users may be able to free up some real estate on their screens in the near future.

Apple has added new keys to iTunes’ metadata, which indicates that users will be able to hide default apps like Stocks, Compass, and Voice Memos. The keys - "isFirstParty" and "isFirstPartyHideableApp” – are currently set to “false,” but it’s believed that they could be switched during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June when it announces the release of iOS 10.

Apple CEO Tim Cook previously indicated that the ability to hide default apps was something that it was looking at. In September, he explained, "There are some apps that are linked to something else on the iPhone. If they were to be removed they might cause issues elsewhere on the phone. There are other apps that aren’t like that. So over time, I think with the ones that aren’t like that, we’ll figure out a way [for you to remove them]."

It looks like Apple may have cracked this issue. Expect to hear more in June.

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