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[discussion / concept] Hiding stock apps on iOS

At the end of last week, I asked myself the following question:

Why is there no way to delete stock Apple apps on iOS?

That seems like a good idea, right? It would free up some disk space and de-clutter the home screen.

The answer is pretty simple: without its stock apps, iOS wouldn’t work well. Sure, you could live without Compass, iBooks, Tips, Passbook/Wallet and you-name-it. But when it gets to things like Calendar, Mail, Safari or Clock, uninstalling those would break lots of features across iOS. No iCloud calendar whatsoever (even third-party Calendar apps rely on the stock app for iCloud calendars). No emails via the share sheet. No web browsing, even in many third-party apps. No alarms or timers with Siri.

The list goes on. Even just uninstalling the Stocks or Weather apps would make Notification Center, Calendar and Siri unstable, as there are stock (no pun intended) Weather and Stocks widgets in NC and weather info in Calendar and Siri. Continue reading [discussion / concept] Hiding stock apps on iOS