Monday Moan – Let me delete stock iOS apps!

This week, I turn my grumbling towards the age-old frustration with Apple not allowing us to deleted its stock iOS apps. In the past, it made a lot of sense. There weren’t that many of them, and they didn’t really have any better alternatives. Now, the App Store is stuffed to the brim with great alternatives to almost all of them, and so many of the stock apps are virtually useless. I complain about the hideous design of Notes, the pointlessness of Newsstand on the iPhone, and the inaccuracy of Compass/Spirit Level.

If you could delete some of your unused apps, which would they be? Or, which apps have you found better alternatives for, and what do you use instead? Use the comments to sound off or tweet me: @TiP_Cam

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  • I can understand why you can’t just delete these apps. The ones that have Siri integration need to keep those default apps, should the replacements not fully support Siri. (Which they can’t with a public API right now anyway). And for other APIs in iOS, only Apple can confirm total compatibility with those APIs in their apps.

    Instead of a delete option, Apple should allow for disabling a particular app. If you don’t want to use Notes, Compass, and Newstand, you could mark them disabled and they would no longer appear on your home screens. They would be easily restorable, but they would be out of your way.

    • Cam Bunton

      Exactly. Even with that option, it wouldn’t be taking up space on my home screen. Answer to the problem is for Apple to open up Siri to more developers, and let users choose their default.

      For instance, I install Sunrise calendar, a message pops up: “Siri would like to use Sunrise as your default calendar app – Yes or No”. If you change your mind, change it in the settings. Choice is not a bad thing.

  • Prozac69

    Why. Do. You. Talk. Like. A. Robot. ?