Apple has offered their own apps since the iPhone launched back in 2007. The stock apps are part of iOS, and some can be beneficial. Others though, are usually tucked away in a folder never to be heard from again. As the App Store has grown, a lot of alternatives to the stock apps have appeared with some better choices for Mail, Internet, Camera, Calendar, etc. Each year, we have hoped Apple offers the ability to delete stock apps, and this is the year it’s finally possible.
iOS 10 lets you remove select Apple stock apps. You can delete the following apps (in alphabetical order): Calendar, Compass, Contacts, FaceTime, Find My Friends, Home, iBooks, iCloud Drive, iTunes Store, Mail, Maps, Music, News, Notes, Podcasts, Reminders, Stocks, Tips, Videos, Voice Memos, Watch, and Weather. Deleting these stock apps is just like deleting any iOS app as you tap, hold, and wait for the apps to jiggle with the “x” icon appearing in the upper left. The caveat is that these apps are simply hidden from view, and not actually deleted to free up a bit of space on your device. Also, there’s still no way to set a default function. For example, if you delete Apple Maps, and then click on an address in Safari, you’re given an error message. There’s no way to set Google Maps, or any third party app, as the new default to handle directions.
iOS 10 offers a bit more freedom, but we’re still waiting on a system wide change for default third party apps.