Apple May Soon Allow Default iOS Apps to Be Removed: Tim Cook

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Tim Cook likes to do to surprise visits to Apple Stores and following last week’s media event, Buzzfeed joined him on a 20-minute car ride to ask the CEO various questions regarding privacy, Siri, Apple’s pre-installed apps and more.

Apple has already addressed some of the privacy issues raised by the always-on Siri. You may recall that Apple highlighted that as an iPhone 6s feature, you can finally wake up Siri without pressing the Home button. Now all you need to say is “Hey Siri”. This is where privacy concerns arise. Here is Tim Cook’s take on this:

“First you can decide you don’t want Hey Siri,” Cook responds. “But the real answer to that is that the information is held on the device and so it is not going back to Apple. Apple doesn’t have access to it. So there’s not privacy concerns I think, for most people, when the information is held on their device and they can encrypt it with their passcode.”
“Hopefully people will look at our stance on privacy in general and know that we’re not trying to operate outside of a fairly distinct line that we’re drawing,” Cook elaborates. “I hope that people trust us to do the right thing there.”

During the short interview, Cook also talked about the new features Apple introduced, such as Live Photos. According to John Paczkowsi, he described “Live Photos with near Jobsian hyperbole”, stating that it is medium that hasn’t existed before. However, despite this, it appears he’s most excited by 3D Touch (you know, the thing that makes iPhones 11% heavier compared to last year’s models).

Of course, one of the problems that Apple will need to finally address is the pre-installed apps. Currently you can’t remove them (think Tips and Stocks for example). Fortunately, this is a matter the company is working on, according to Cook:

This is a more complex issue than it first appears,” he says. “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]. … 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. So I recognize that some people want to do this, and it’s something we’re looking at.”

The whole interview is well worth your time, so head over to Buzzfeed to read it in full.

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  • Zeke

    Hmm. I wonder if Tim is lying. I ask that because…..

    The geekbench scores for the iPad mini 4 are breaking news right now and it’s confirmed: it’s being reported Phil Schiller lied at the keynote about the iPad mini 4. It not a shrunken down iPad Air 2 according to the numbers.

    I’ve never thought that of an Apple executive, ‘are they lying’, until now. Hmmm.

  • FragilityG4

    I have no use for the Watch App ….

  • Kellie

    Am I the only one who actually uses the stocks app?

  • Mac

    suppose that makes two of us!

  • Patrick Ducharme

    Instead of allowing us to Uninstall default apps, let us choose the “default” app for : Web Browser, Dialer (voip anyone?!), mail client, etc… That would make iOS a LOT more useful for people that doesn’t want to embrace 100% of the Apple ecosystem and still drive sales because of the nice hardware

  • 1His_Nibs1

    Well it’s about bloody time!

  • Ryan Ahrens

    This would be great!!! I don’t understand why they keep bundling some of these non-essential apps that were once optional; who the heck uses Tips, and Find My Friends? I have a folder called “CrApple” that I’d love to delete, it consists of: Videos, Compass, Stocks, Voice Memos, iBooks, Tips, Apple Watch, Health, Podcasts, Maps, and now Find My Friends and Find My iPhone. Why is Find My iPhone installed by default, how am I supposed to find my iPhone using the iPhone that is lost? 😛

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  • Kirk

    Kinda late to the discussion here, but why the heck are people voicing concerns over the “hey Siri” feature like something like this doesn’t already exist? The galaxy has had “ok Google” for years yet once again people need to find reasons to take apple down a peg or two… It’s not new technology (more perfected), but not new..