Apple has broken its silence on the subject of the ‘undeleteables’ - apps that come pre-installed on iPhones and iPads, and are impossible to remove.
We’re talking about things like Stocks, which anecdotal evidence would suggest that literally no one uses, the Watch app which is only any use to you if you are one of the eight people in the world who owns an Apple Watch, and iBooks which is the digital equivalent of a dusty, cobweb-strewn library shelf.
Some of the undeletable apps are useful, of course - Notes, Mail, Maps and Passbook all have their roles to play if you haven’t already replaced them with better third-party apps that do the same things - but Tips? Has anyone ever actually used Tips?
Tim Cook has finally conceded that Apple is at least thinking about maybe letting you delete some of them.
He told Buzzfeed: “This is a more complex issue than it first appears.
“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 recognise that some people want to do this, and it’s something we’re looking at.”