Apple will finally allow iPhone and iPad owners to remove pre-loaded apps from its devices in iOS 10.
This long-awaited functionality will arrive when Apple's new iOS 10 software rolls out later this year. So apps like Stocks, Maps, Mail, Tips and Reminders can all go if you want to get rid of them.
The News app isn't yet deletable, but Apple said that you'll be able to ditch it in a later version of the iOS 10 beta.
Look at all those deletable apps in iOS 10 😍 pic.twitter.com/YBO32tzex4— Karissa Bell (@karissabe) June 13, 2016
You won't be able to delete all Apple's pre-loaded apps, though. Developers have been quick to discover that App Store, Find my iPhone, Messages, Phone, Photos, Settings, Wallet, Clock and Camera are all un-deletable with iOS 10 installed.
If you do delete all of Apple's own apps but then decide you want them back, they'll be available to download from the App Store.
This added functionality is good news for frustrated iPhone and iPad users, but Apple has warned that removing stock apps from your device "can affect other system functionalities". For example, dumping the Music app means it won't be available to use with CarPlay.
Unveiled at WWDC on Monday, iOS 10 is also the first version of Apple's mobile system to open Siri to developers, which will allow you to order the digital assistant to book you an Uber or send a WhatsApp message. Apple has expanded the deep learning smarts of Siri too, enabling it to answer longer and more complex queries.
The operating system will be available in public beta next month, and brings a revamped lock screen with 3D Touch support, an AI-equipped Photos app, and a new-look Messages app with bigger emoji, handwriting support and a built-in App Drawer.
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