Apple’s New iOS Will Finally Let You Delete Default Apps

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Finally, Apple users will be able to get rid of the junk apps cluttering their iPhones. Popular Science reports that the upcoming iOS 10 will allow users to delete 23 of the default apps that come pre-installed on iPhones. Officially, the new iOS won’t be available until the fall, although a public beta will launch in July.

According to WIRED, in total, users can clear out about 150MB of space by uninstalling their default apps. While that isn’t a huge amount, it’s big news for anyone obsessed with optimizing their phone’s storage space or keeping their apps organized and their home screen streamlined.

Built-in Apple apps that you will now be able to delete include Calculator, Stocks, Reminders, Watch app, and even Contacts and Music (the full list can be seen here). While most of us use at least a few of the default iPhone apps, few of us use all of them. For instance, anyone with a preference for Google Maps is unlikely to use the default Maps app, while the Watch app is useless for everyone without an Apple Watch. By allowing users to delete default apps, Apple is taking another step toward making the iPhone fully customizable.

[h/t Popular Science]