Before making an unannounced stop at the Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York City, Tim Cook spent "20 minutes" with John Paczkowski of BuzzFeed. The Apple CEO discussed several topics including privacy concerns over Siri, his favorite iPhone 6s features and being able to delete stock Apple apps from iOS devices.
Almost every iPhone and iPad owner has one, an app folder filled with Apple apps that they never use, or Apple's "junk drawer problem," as BuzzFeed calls it. Lots of Apple users wish they could forever rid their phones of apps such as Tips and Stocks, so why won't Apple let them?
“This is a more complex issue than it first appears,” Cook explained. "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 recognize that some people want to do this, and it’s something we’re looking at.”
There you have it. After years of trying to rid themselves of Apple's stock apps, users may finally be able to delete them in the future.