Apple may soon let you hide those iPhone apps you never use

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iPhone users may soon be able to hide the built apps they never use.

The 32 apps, which includes the likes of Compass, Stocks and Voice Recorder are an ever present and take up value screen space despite rarely being used by most users.

However, newly discovered code suggests that Apple could be about to let people hide the annoying default iPhone apps.

A line of code in iTunes includes a check to see whether an app is ‘hideable’, suggesting that users may be given the option to hide apps from their device.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has said previously that some of the default apps are required in order to ensure that iOS works properly, which is the reason why Apple’s built in apps can not be deleted.

For example, the likes of Apple Maps is needed in order for Siri to be able to give accurate directions. Likewise with the phone app, which obviously needed for someone to make calls.

Last year Tim Cook acknowledges users frustrations at being unable to delete the built in apps, saying: “I recognise that some people want to do this, and it’s something we are looking at.”

In an interview with Buzzfeed in 2015, Cook said: “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 like that. So over time, I think with the ones that aren’t like that, we’ll figure out a way for you to remove them”.

The latest version of Apple’s software, iOS 9.3, was rolled out last month.

This latest news about the possibility of users being able to hide iPhone apps has led some to believe that this could be a feature on the new iPhone 7 which is due for release later this year.

H/T: App Advice

Jonathan Fairfield
Jonathan is our Google Nexus and Android enthusiast. He is also fanatical about football which makes it all the more strange that he should support Stockport County. In addition to writing about tech, Jonathan has a passion for fitness and nutrition and has previously written for one the UK's leading watch and horology websites.
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