Apple to let you ditch unused apps?

apple The thing that annoys most smartphone owners, is bloatware - apps that are built-in on your phone, which can't be deleted. iPhones have a number of apps installed that you might never, ever use, and yet, they stubbornly sit there, taking up memory space on your device.

You may have no interest in stock markets or you might be fine without a weather app, because you prefer to look out of a window to get your updates.

Either way, someone's found a bit of code which suggests that Apple might allow you to hide apps you don't need. Now, don't get too exited - this sounds like you'll be able to disable or hide apps, rather than wholly nuke them off your phone.

AppAdvice has the full lowdown, if you want to look at the code that has kicked off this rumour.

Apple's chief executive Tim Cook has talked about this before, and said that some of these apps - whether you use them or not - are necessary because they help iOS work. So, if you deleted the Apple Maps function, it stands to reason that Siri won't be able to give you directions to your destination.

A while ago, talking to BuzzFeed, Cook said: "This is a more complex issue than it first appears. 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. We want you to be happy. So I recognise that some people want to do this, and it’s something we’re looking at."

Any changes are likely to coincide with the next new phone that Apple release, which could well be the iPhone 7, which is expected to be released later this year.

We'd like it if the option to delete needless apps off smartphones was an industry standard, rather than simply hiding or disabling them.

What do you think?

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