Turns Out Apple Won't Actually Let You Completely Delete Native Apps in iOS 10

Remember a couple weeks back when I got super excited because I heard Apple would be letting us delete native apps in iOS 10? Well, turns out we will only be able to hide those apps, not delete them. Although the prospect of no longer having to see the Stocks app and the Weather app on my screen is still something I’m looking forward to, it’s important to note that those apps are still loaded on your phone and therefore taking up space.

During his appearance on John Gruber’s podcast The Talk Show, Craig Federighi acknowledged that there was some confusion among iPhone users, and went on to clarify that when users “remove” an app, they’re actually just removing the app’s icon and whatever data the user has associated with it. The core of the app still remains on your phone, although it’s not visible to you. If you decide you want to start using the app later on, you can restore it from the App Store.

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So why can’t we delete these seemingly useless apps completely? According to Federighi, there are a couple of reasons you wouldn’t want to do this.

“One, they're small,” Federighi said on the podcast. “But more significantly, the whole iOS security architecture around the system update is this one signed binary, where we can verify the integrity of that with every update.”

But don’t worry, Apple assures us that its built-in apps take up less than 150 MB combined, which isn’t that much. However, if you have an iPhone with minimal storage (which I’ve had before) then sometimes those little bits of extra space can really help you out. 

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Rheanne Taylor is the Senior Video Producer of iPhone Life. Before discovering her love for video production, Rheanne was the Managing Editor. In her 6+ years at the company, Rheanne has helped produce 19 issues of iPhone Life magazine, edited countless podcasts, and produced over 1,000 educational videos showing people how to get the most out of their Apple devices. She continues to be a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine, using her 10+ years of photography experience to create content primarily covering photography tips and photography gear. Rheanne is a passionate photographer both in and outside of work and loves to remind people that they don't need a fancy camera in order to capture beautiful shots—her most recent photography show featured work mainly shot on an iPhone!

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