Let s face it, our smartphones come bundled with a handful of OEM specific built-in apps such as compass, calculator, voice notes, mail, reminders, calendar and much more. These apps are such that most of us hardly use and there is also no option to uninstall them. However, with iOS 10 Apple will let users uninstall these default apps from the homescreen that they don t use. The move is a welcome change as it will also help in clearing up some space on your iOS device, especially on the base 16GB variants. Also Read - Apple shines in June quarter, posts record sales for iPhones, Macs and iPadsAlso Read - Friendship Day gifting ideas for your young tech-savvy besties under Rs 5,000
Last night, after announcing the iOS 10 update at the WWDC 2016, the built-in iOS apps are now visible within the App Store as individual downloadable. While Apple did not mention anything about this during the keynote, it is confirmed the same via its support page and also listed down the apps that users can remove.For those who think that removing built in apps will let you save on good amount of storage space, it is not the case. Apple has mentioned that iOS apps are very space efficient and all of them eat up about 150MB of space in total.
How to uninstall stock iOS apps?
The uninstall process is pretty simple and same as you do with other apps. Just tap and hold the app that you want to uninstall until it jiggles, click on the X to remove it and then press the home button. Do note, once you remove the app, it will also remove the configuration files and related user data.
How to add previously removed default app?
If you want install the default app again, simply search for the app on the App Store and tap on the restore button (the with cloud and arrow icon on it). Once the app is downloaded and installed, it will soon show up on the homescreen.
Why Apple is doing so?
There are quite a few reasons why Apple is making these apps standalone and not as a part of operating system package. Firstly, if there are any minor and major bugs in one of the built-in apps, Apple has to roll out a fix as an incremental OS update. However, with standalone apps, Apple can just fix the bugs and rollout updates for individual apps. It also gives Apple the liberty to frequently update the apps with new features and more without bundling it as a part of OS update.
Secondly, there are a lot of people that use third-party apps. For instance, even though there is a default mail app, a lot of people prefer Gmail, Inbox by Google, Outlook and others. Giving users the ability to remove default apps also helps them get rid of duplicate apps that they don t use.
Apple is not the only one, Android OEMs such as Samsung, HTC, Motorola and Asus has also done the same with Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. So, default apps such as Camera, Music, Mail, Gallery, Internet and more are available on Google Play store. Ideally, as default apps are no longer associated with the OS package, it will also help Android OEM to rollout software updates faster.