Is Apple About Let Users Cover Built-In Apps?

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 5:43 PM

Newly discovered code suggests that the company could be about to finally let people cover the annoying apps.

Is Apple About Let Users Cover Built-In Apps?

It's one of the iPhone's most annoying features - built-in apps that you never utilize cannot be deleted.

That means that even if you've number interest in checking stocks, weather or making voice recordings - for example - the apps still have to get up screen space.

But newly discovered code suggests the company could be about to finally let people cover the annoying apps.

Code found in iTunes includes a line that checks whether an app is "hideable" - suggesting that people could be given the option to cover the apps from view.

The code suggests Apple is stopping brief of allowing people to remove apps altogether, meaning hidden apps will still get up space on devices.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has previously said that some of the stock apps are required for the workings of iOS.

For example, removing Apple Maps could affect Siri'south skill to give directions, and getting rid of the phone app could prevent someone from being able to make calls.

Latest year he told BuzzFeed: "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 love that. So over time, I think with the ones that aren’t love that, we’ll figure out a way for you to remove them.

"We wish you to be happy. So I recognise that some people wish to do this, and it’s something we’re looking at."

The feature could be rolled out with the launch of the new iPhone seven later this year.

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