“Although the situation isn’t as bad as its Android counterparts, Apple is increasingly adding more default apps to versions of its iOS,” Jamal Carnette writes for The Motley Fool. ” Right now, there’s a myriad of apps: Compass, Weather, Calculator, Tips, and Newsstand, among others, that take up valuable space on both the home screen and in the internal storage.”
“Of course, many people use these apps and find them worthwhile, but the problem is Apple doesn’t allow users to delete these apps if you’re among those who don’t use them,” Carnette writes. “Perhaps the culmination of Apple’s bloatware problem was its inclusion of an Apple Watch App on the iPhone iOS 8.2 release. For those without the supporting watch, this is nothing more than on-device marketing bloatware at the expense of storage space. To date, you still can’t remove the Apple Watch App from the device.”
Carnette writes, “More recently, however, it seems Tim Cook has gotten the memo on this issue. In an interview with Buzzfeed, Cook addressed potentially allowing users to remove some default apps: ‘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.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: Until then, if you don’t already, make an “unused” (or “crap”) folder and dump the non-deletable stuff you don’t use in there.