While Apple doesn’t nearly load as much bloatware as you can kind on some Android devices that company does pre-install some native applications on iOS devices that it doesn’t let you delete, these apps include Stocks, Compass, Tips, Podcasts and more. Apple has never allowed users to delete these apps from their iPhone but CEO Tim Cook has said in a new interview that the company is “looking at” allowing customers delete native applications.
In an interview with BuzzFeed News Cook said that Apple is aware that customers want to get rid of these applications, and that’s why Apple is looking into the matter, but he didn’t waste anytime to rubbish any hopes that users will be allowed to remove and replace core native applications like Safari, Mail and Messages.
He did say though that this is easier said than done. There are some apps that are linked to something else on the device and removing them could cause problems elsewhere. Apple will have to work this out before it can see which apps it can allow users to remove.
Cook explains that “It’s not that we want to suck up your real estate, we’re not motivated to do that. We want you to be happy,” while not offering a concrete timeframe in which we can expect the company to ease the restriction on removal of native applications.