Apple CEO Tim Cook has said the company is considering ways to allow iPhone users to remove or hide apps installed by default that they don’t actually use.
The necessity of a ‘junk’ home screen folder usually containing a mixture of Stocks, Tips, Maps, Contacts and Calculator, is known to virtually everyone who owns an iPhone.
But ever since the 2007 launch of iOS it has been impossible to remove these apps from the home screen, with users only able to hide them in folders, or relegate them to an isolated second or third screen.
In an interview with Buzzfeed, Apple CEO Tim Cook admits the company has explored ways to allow users to remove those apps. Unfortunately, it’s apparently not that easy.
“This is a more complex issue than it first appears,” he said. “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.”
What Cook means is that core functionality on the iPhone, like Siri or various essential elements of Safari or Mail, require access to parts of those otherwise discarded apps. However, he admits: “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 recognise that some people want to do this, and it’s something we’re looking at.”
Cook also spoke about the future of the Mac, admitting that “some people will never buy a computer” and will only ever own a phone or a tablet. “I think now we’re at the point where the iPad does what some people want to do with their PCs,” he said.
“I think there are other people — like myself — that will continue to buy a Mac and that it will continue to be a part of the digital solution for us.”