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Apple is working on invisible iPhone apps

Apple is working on invisible iPhone apps

You may not be able to delete those unwanted and little-used iPhone apps like Watch and Find Friends, but Apple is about to offer users the next best thing.

According to AppAdvice, the Cupertino company is working on a way of making certain apps invisible.

That would mean you wouldn't have to hide them in a folder two home screens over.

The change is likely to come into effect with iOS 10, which should debut this summer alongside the iPhone 7.

AppAdvice drew its conclusion after noting changes to the iTunes metadata which suggest certain Apple-made apps might become invisible in future.

App Store titles now have two new keys: 'isFirstParty' (meaning it's made by Apple) and 'isFirstPartyHideableApp' (which is pretty self-explanatory).

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently suggested that the firm was working on making some first-party apps removable.

At the moment it's not possible, because they're so ingrained as part of the iOS operating system that some apps depend on others being there in order to function.

Making them invisible without actually removing would seem to be a neat way of getting around the problem.



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