Why are there apps on the iOS that I can’t delete even though I never use them? Why does Apple insist that I keep Tips and Stocks on my iPhone when I’d like nothing more than to delete them? For Cook the question seems a familiar one. “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.”
Great news for iOS users – it seems like soon we’ll finally be able to remove all the crapware Apple’s been stuffing your iPhone with.
As for the other applications he’s referring to, such as mail, the browser, and so on – don’t expect any changes to how you cannot set your own browser or mail client as default. The reason is simple: there’s going to be a whole lot of Google iPhones out there the day Apple does allow you to change default applications. And we wouldn’t want consumers to use what they actually want to use, now would we?
Perish the thought.