It appears that some configurations of Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will come pre-loaded with a number of free apps from Apple, according to an internal Apple Retail training document (via 9to5Mac). Apps from Apple’s iLife and iWork suite of apps, among others, will be pre-installed on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in 64GB and 128GB capacities, with the same apps being available for free from the App Store for 16GB models.
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This includes iMovie, GarageBand, Keynote, Pages, Numbers, and iTunes U. Owners of the 16GB models of Apple’s newest smartphones will still have access to these apps for free, but they must be downloaded from the App Store manually or via an App Store prompt. It remains unclear as to whether or not GarageBand in-app purchases will also be available at no additional cost.
The apps have been available for free with new iOS hardware for a while, but being pre-installed is new. Having the apps installed will obviously take up space on the device, reducing space for the owner’s own content, although it is possible that they will be deletable. It’s clear that pre-installing all of the apps would cause issues for those with the lowest 16GB capacity.
Why is Apple pre-installing these apps? We don’t know, although it is likely to increase adoption among users if they are already present on the device.
What do you think of these apps being pre-installed on your iPhone? A useful addition or simply bloatware? Let us know your thoughts in the comments…