Not just a rumor: Users will soon be able to remove Appleâ€™s stock iOS apps
Marlene Breverman stashed this in Apple IOS
Apple has added two new keys labeled â€śisFirstPartyâ€ť and Â â€śisFirstPartyHideableAppâ€ť in iTunes metadata. These two new values started showing up a few weeks ago on every app in the App Store.Â The iTunes metadata is where all the information about an app is stored. It shows things like the date it was released, the App Store category itâ€™s in, its size, etc. The new keys suggest the ability to remove apps such as Stocks, Compass, and Voice Messages is coming very soon.
The keys feature a boolean value (true/false), which also suggests not all of the apps will be hideable. Â This factÂ also makes sense.Â
Back inÂ September, Apple CEO Tim Cook told Buzzfeed â€śThere 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 arenâ€™t like that. â€ť
Here is an actual screenshot showing the new keys. Every single app in the App Store now has these keys. So far they are all set to â€śfalse,â€ť but their mere existence shows the mechanism Apple will use to choose which apps you will be able to remove from your iOS Springboard.
Another clue: InÂ Apple Configurator 2.2, released earlier this year, the ability to remove native apps was given to business and education markets for mass configuration of iOS devices.
"Apple is most likely to announce these changes at the companyâ€™s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June when â€śiOS 10â€ť is announced. Initially available through iOS betas only, the change would become available to the general publicÂ when Apple releases the â€śiPhone 7â€ť in the fall.
Personally, I hope we see this change in 2016. Just think, the days of the handy Tips and Compass apps may be numbered. Better still, we can finally say goodbye to those â€śApple Trashâ€ť folders many of us have created over the years."
Any thought as to why they're finally enabling this?