Deleting or hiding native iOS apps that we don't use has always been a desire of many users. Apple never paid much attention to this. But yesterday, with the release of iOS 8.2, it became even more clear that the company needs to review this decision.
Currently, the iPhone has 28 applications that cannot be erased from the device. Some are really essential for the system, but others are on user devices simply because they cannot be erased often taking up precious space on 8GB or 16GB iPhones, for example. . I honestly don't remember the last time I opened some apps like Dicas, Game Center and iBooks (to name a few).
Now, when installing iOS 8.2, we were presented with an Apple Watch app. For those who want to buy and use the watch, great. But what about people who didn't like Watch or are simply not willing to buy the product? Do I have to live forever with this specific app for the watch?
For Apple, a complete and satisfying iPhone experience most likely involves using all of these apps. And I understand that. Now, what I don't understand is forcing the user to stay with all this installed even reluctantly. I see two possible solutions to this, both of which are fully workable for Apple.
Erase native apps
This is undoubtedly the most radical option. And I see it happening in two ways.
The first of these is the user being able to delete the native application like any other, downloaded from the App Store. What if the person wants to install the deleted app again? Simple, the Apple app store would have a great prominence for the apps created by itself l, of course, would be all of them, including the “native” ones. That is, applications installed natively on an iPhone would be only an Apple recommendation, with the user having full control over them.
While the first option mixes the idea of native apps with those available on the App Store, the second separates them well. In it, users could also delete native apps from the device, but their reinstallation would happen differently. Instead of entering the App Store and downloading them, there would be an option “Reinstall Native Apps” in “Settings” (the applications would be downloaded directly from Apple's servers, without going through the App Store and, consequently, not mixing things up ).
Hide native apps
This option is already more of a stopgap than a solution in itself, for a simple reason: when hiding an app, all its luggage (occupied megabytes, cache, data, etc.) remains stored on the iPhone, occupying the precious space of those who have a lower-capacity iPhone.
Still, it would be very useful to be able to hide native applications that we never use, leaving our Home Screen cleaner and more organized. Hiding the apps would be quite easy: it would be enough to have an option "Native Apps" somewhere within "Settings", giving us the possibility to activate / hide such apps more or less as it happens today on Apple TV.
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There is no doubt that iOS is a great operating system. Looking back, it is amazing to see how it evolved so much from 2007 to here. However, there is a lot that can improve such as the possibility of setting third-party apps as defaults, testing paid apps for a few days before hitting the hammer, multiple iPad users, among others, but I would say that this relationship with native apps is one of the most easy to resolve.