At WWDC 2016 keynote Apple has made all of its major announcements, and as the conference was happening, and as a slew of executives team were introducing and demoing key new features within iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS, the company engineers were secretly uploading a number of apps to the App Store against Apple’s own developer account.
All of those apps are ones that generally come pre-installed as stock apps on iOS out of the box. Honestly to say the fact that a number of pre-installed apps are now noted on Apple’s App Store page is interesting enough. Actually, the App Store recognizes that they are installed on a device that really puts the icing on the cake.
As part to the run up to WWDC and the iOS 10 speculation, as we had already heard something suggesting that users would eventually be able to delete stock Apple apps from the device. We just didn’t know how that implementation would work. We know how it works on.
The list of pre-installed apps available on the App Store includes:
Stock apps like Weather, Watch, Voice Memos, Videos, Tips, Stocks, Reminders, Podcasts, Notes, Music, Maps, Mail, iTunes Store, FaceTime, Contacts, Compass, Calendar, and Calculator. Early access to the iOS 10 beta 1 has also confirmed that device owners will be able to delete some of pre-installed apps from the gadget, as can be seen in the screenshot from iOS 10 below.
Screenshot credit: Jorge
Although the deleted stock Apple apps can also be downloaded again from the App Store at the user’s discretion should they see fit. This particular useful for those people who get a new iPhone or iPad, create a folder called “Apple”, “Junk”, or something similar, and then simply relegate the stock apps that they don’t use very frequently to that folder never to be seen again.
However, the self-contained nature of the apps will also more than likely mean that Apple will have the ability to update individual apps as and when it deems it necessary rather than having to push out of full iOS update if a change to an app is needed.
iOS 10 will land this coming fall alongside the iPhone 7 in September. A developer preview is available to download right now.
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