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Soon you might no longer need to put unwanted stock apps inside a junk folder on your Home screen like an animal because Apple is “looking at” letting consumers delete stock apps that come with the iPhone.

In an interview with John Paczkowski of BuzzFeed News, CEO Tim Cook has confirmed that Apple might allow customers to get rid of some stock apps like Compass, Stocks, Podcasts, Tips and more, but in the same breath cautioned that core iOS apps critical to the user experience—such as Messages, Safari or Mail—will remain irreplaceable for the time being.

“This is a more complex issue than it first appears,” he said. “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.”

He also acknowledged that some apps might be safe to remove.

“There are other apps that aren’t like that,” Cook continued. “So over time, I think with the ones that aren’t like that, we’ll figure out a way [for you to remove them].”

As a reminder, iOS 9 will bring even more apps you won’t be able to delete from your iOS device, including Find My iPhone, Find My Friends and News. iOS 8 has similarly added new stock apps such as Health, Podcasts and Tips.

Underscoring that Apple has no desire “to suck up your real estate” on your iPhone, Cook recognizes that some people want to do this, and added that “it’s something we’re looking at.”

In other tidbits, Cook said iOS’s opt-in ‘Hey Siri’ feature stores encrypted data on the device itself rather than beam it to iCloud.

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“Apple doesn’t have access to it. So there’s not privacy concerns I think, for most people, when the information is held on their device and they can encrypt it with their passcode.”

He also likened the new Live Photos feature to “a medium that hasn’t existed before,” explained that 3D Touch increases productivity because “it really does cut out a number of navigational steps to get where you’re going” and opined that we’re at the point where the iPad “does what some people want to do with their PCs.”

I’d give that interview a quick read, or save it for later, if I were you because Cook also touches on other interesting topics, including the Mac’s future and more.

The Apple CEO is also scheduled to appear on The Late Show tonight at 11:35pm Easter Time.

Source: BuzzFeed News

  • Terry Cooke

    Ha ha you said easter time 🙂

    • ReanimationXP

      Easter time is best time.

  • Manuel Molina

    Apps like messages, Safari, and more important apps should stay, but shit like compass, stocks, weather, tips, etc., need to go

    Also, when is Apple going to make an iCloud app so you can do your own text editing, reading, pictures, deleting and so on.

    • asch3n

      iOS 9 🙂

    • They also need to allow users to delete the Podcasts and iBooks app. I don’t use either of them (I listen to podcasts in OverCast and read books in Marvin). Come to think of it I have no idea why Apple forces them upon their users, they used to be optional and available in the AppStore should you desire them and not included with the OS…

      • ReanimationXP

        Including Find My iPhone and Find My Friends makes sense because getting others to install them is a pain in the ass, but things like Podcasts, Stocks, maybe iBooks should all be in the App Store. Things like “Tips” (which should be called Getting Started, Guide, Manual.. something else) should be delete-able.

      • Manuel Molina

        Find My iPhone I don’t use, but understand it’s an option. Find My Friends is an option, too. But iBooks was also a download before until I noticed it got forcefully put into iOS 8. Come to think about it, a lot of shit got added onto iOS 8 and could be why it’s so frigging big in size. But I don’t want these apps and it’s a tricky thing, because I’ve f’up my iPhone a few times when I’ve deleted a stock app or podcast. My screen would be missing springboard when I didn’t delete springboard. Or my apps would close when I didn’t delete them and deleted others. I know Apple wants to enchance my experience, but let me do it myself.

      • Greg Warren

        Including Find my Friends, fine…but not letting me delete it is not acceptable. I have never and will never use it. If I want to tell my friends where I’m at, I’ll use Messages and send my location.

      • Manuel Molina

        Agree, though I did that before and the shit didn’t work.

      • John



    • Abhinav Chaudhary

      Ah, compass is not a shit app, it’s so much fun navigating somewhere with compass.

      • Manuel Molina

        Try that on the FDR, in NYC, on a Sunday. See how far the compass gets you.

  • They just need to do what appletv has, allow you to hide icons of certain applications. No need to delete them. They are part of the internal IOS code and could mess up something else if deleted. I’m good with just hiding the icons instead of having a folder on my home screen filled with nonsense.

    • Elias Chao

      Well, most people would like to delete them since that would give a little bit of extra space.

      • DeAndre Enrico

        They should do both: For apps that don’t matter to the OS, you can delete. For apps that are required by the OS, you can only hide.

      • Most companies don’t allow you to do that though. Same with Windows, can’t go in and uninstall applications they included that are built into other aspects of the device. These applications take up hardly anything on the phone, there’s no reason to delete them other then to hide them off the home screen.

      • John

        If you’re worried about 100’s of KB than clearly you should be looking at a larger device next time you upgrade.

  • ReanimationXP

    A medium that has never existed in the history of the internet.

    Except for animated GIFs near the birth of browsers > avi > mpeg > 3gp on phones > flash videos > webm’s > light field cameras > 3D capture even on phones circa 5 years ago > finally this little thing called Vine.

    Except for those.

    • Nate McKelvie

      None of those that you mentioned are the same thing, first off most of those that you mentioned are videos or even multi image animations. Live photos are not videos, they are photos with extra data. However, that being said, they are not a new thing, as there have been apps and computer software that can create live photos for years, but not in the exact same way

      • ReanimationXP

        They’re videos bro. With one high-res frame. Conveniently delaying my photo taking without my asking for it so the image I really wanted probably ends up in one of the shitty quality frames of your so-called “metadata”. It’s literally pointless for almost every situation.

      • Blake Royer

        That’s not how any of this works! It doesn’t delay your photo. That would be pointless!

      • ReanimationXP

        That’s how they presented it. I suppose it could constantly record and prevent a delay but either way, still pointless. Probably a move to try and look futuristic but really just take up extra data to push their cloud agenda. Same reason the 16GB iPhone and no external storage is still a thing.

      • Blake Royer

        It is an option at the top of the camera app, like HDR, and if you choose to turn it on, it is constantly storing and deleting video meta data to attach to a photo whenever you take one. 1.5 seconds before and after the photo is taken. no delay. it’s not useless. its (so far) looking to be the best video-like picture format out there for quality vs. file-size. If you don’t like it, don’t use it, But its not pointless.

      • ReanimationXP

        They’ve already said it’s on by default. We’ll see. There will be plenty of people fapping about it as soon as they get their phones then it will be forgotten shortly thereafter. If the default picture format is some new bullshit nobody can open, that’ll be wonderful having to tell all my friends to turn that shit off. Better still be PNG.

      • Blake Royer

        I saw a review online, it’s an option at the top, I’m not sure if it is on by default. But any phone running iOS 9 can view it if sent to them, and the format is not PNG, it is some kind of JPEG format.

      • ReanimationXP

        Wonderful. If it’s on by default and not backward compatible with browsers, etc then Apple are some class act retards that just made my life hell.

      • Blake Royer

        I believe they said in the keynote that if not viewable, it will just show the image like normal. I know they said something about it, I’m 100% on that.

      • ReanimationXP

        Hope so.

      • Nate McKelvie

        Actually it delays nothing becaus you must turn it on.

      • DeAndre Enrico

        I’m sorry but a moving photo is literally the definition of the word “video.”

        They may not be created or stored in a format that has been used before but the end result is very much a “video.” A “live photo” is what a video is. LOL.

      • Nate McKelvie

        Yes a video is a bunch of moving pictures. A live photo doesn’t work the same way a video does though from a technical aspect

      • DeAndre Enrico

        No format of digital video works the same way as any other format. That doesn’t mean it’s “not a video.” Video is live pictures. That’s what video is.

        Regardless of the technical details surrounding the storage and playback of the video, if it’s a moving picture it’s a video. This is just a novel video format.

      • Nate McKelvie

        I am actually completely wrong. I now have a 6s plus and tried the live photo. I actually thought live photo was a completely different format that is a still photo with a small section of it moving like some apps have been doing for a long time. Like a picture of a city and just the flag was waving on top of a building. But it’s not. Live photo is just a video plain and simple. I am sorry, I was completely wrong

  • White Michael Jackson

    I wanna remove the settings app.

  • Anonymous

    Apple has definitely been inspired by the jailbreak community. I live this. I still will jailbreak but apple over the years has made it so i need a lot less tweaks, and can theme the UI. Only if i had more ram to run the extra memory.

    • ReanimationXP

      How are you able to theme the UI? You can’t change hardly anything. Even the “dark mode” on OSX affects very little. All the apps are still bright white.

      • Anonymous

        The way i wrote that post is misleading of what i ment. Ios dosnt let you theme the UI. What i ment was over the yesrs ive found my self downloading less tweaks from cydia, but download more theme. Due to the increase in ios features.


    The really should fallow androids footsteps and have it where iOS apps are in the App Store and automatically update that way the could make many improvements or bug fixes at lest to safari messages the camera ect with out having to do complete OS updates.

    • John

      Are you new to iOS? That’s what they do now.


        No they don’t. I’m talking about stock iOS apps not like iLife apps.

      • John

        iBooks isn’t part of the iLife Suite.
        Neither is Numbers, nor Keynote, or Pages for that matter.

        iLife Apps = GarageBand, iPhoto and iMovie…except it really hasn’t been called iLife Suite since 2011.

  • Andres

    can I remove the phone app on my iPhone

  • Merman123

    Am I the only one that uses most stock apps ? The only one I don’t use is Stocks. Lol

    • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

      Ah, sweet irony.

  • Dante Arellano

    Dah just remove it from the home screen and make a toggle in settings i dont need like 5 stock apps on my home screen but it can stay in the divice in settings menu

  • quitcherbichinn

    I would even be fine with just the ability to hide the apps from my homescreen so I don’t have an Apple folder filled with crap I will never use. I know this can be done by jailbreaking and I used to do that but I don’t want to have to JB my phone just to hide the crap apps.

    • 5723alex .

      Just move those apps to screen number 99 and put them in a folder.

  • diggitydang

    Sorry that this question is unrelated but does anyone know if Apple Watch will force the OS2 update? I have a jailbroken iPhone and Apple Watch and would rather not update to iOS 9 just yet (I want to keep my jailbreak). However, Apple Watch on OS2 needs iOS9, so I’m curious if I can stay on the previous watch OS.

    • Shadowelite123

      Well considering that you’d have to first update your iPhone to iOS 9 before even starting an update for the Apple Watcg for WatchOS 2, I’d say you’re good. You won’t be forced to update your watch to WatchOS 2 nor will you be forced to update to iOS 9.

      • diggitydang

        Oh, I didn’t realize you would need iOS9 to update to Watch OS2. Are you 100% certain that that’s the case? I was figuring that the update would push to the Apple Watch app on 8.4, where a badge would appear, similar to the settings icon when iOS has an available update.

      • John

        Yes. 100% certain.

      • diggitydang

        Cool. Thanks for letting me know.

  • Mark S

    “put unwanted stock apps inside a junk folder on your Home screen like an animal”

    I didn’t know animals used iphones. Do you work in the circus?

  • Sleetui

    Stock iOS App = Bloatware

  • Nick Kaminski

    I would love that. I have a folder with probably 12-15 stock apps that I’ve NEVER used just so they’re out of the way.

  • therealjjohnson

    Yeah. This is much to do about nothing. I am reading some long drawn out stories…it’s not that serious. Some of these apps have been there for that better part of 8 years and you’re still alive right? Lol.