Yes, you heard us … almost 10 years after Apple’s mobile operating system first saw its launch as the then named iPhone OS, the next update to iOS will (finally) allow you to remove the majority of Apple’s space-guzzling pre-installed apps.
That’s because the company on Monday uploaded almost all of its native stock iOS apps to the App Store, where they can now be re-downloaded to any device running iOS 10.
This means that while the final version of iOS 10 is likely to still come with all of the following apps preinstalled, for the first time ever you will now have the option to remove the ones that you simply don’t need or want on your home screen. (Rejoice!)
To save you having to search for each individual app on the App Store, we’ve complied a handy list with direct links to all of Apple’s stock iOS apps – just in case you need to re-download them.
To learn more about the current version of any Apple-designed app, just tap its version number.
Apple has clarified to blogger John Gruber that the ability to remove stock apps is coming in iOS 10, but the ability to fully delete them – is not.
“What that page didn’t mention is that you can’t really delete stock apps, you can only remove them from your home screen,” reports Engadget’s Mariella Moon.
“When you delete a stock application on iOS 10, it loses its configurations and purges any data you gave it. However, its binary file will remain in your system even if you can’t see its icon anymore, the company’s SVP of software engineering told Apple blogger John Gruber.”
It’s unclear what this means for those looking to save space, and Apple notes that (altogether) its stock apps use only around 150MB of physical storage on your iOS device … so when you think about it, it might not even be worth removing them.
Re-download Apple’s stock iOS apps from the App Store, below.