Tim Cook: You may soon be able to get rid of unwanted built-in iOS apps

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Pre-loaded apps are not just a problem in Android smartphones, but iPhones also carry some apps that you may never use and while there has been no method to get rid of them, Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted that users may soon be able to uninstall them.

Consider the case of Safari for instance. There are users who prefer Google’s Chrome and even though they will never use Safari, they will have to have it on their iPhone or iPad because its a factory-loaded app provided by Apple. Then there is Notes, Calendar, among others, which you may not use because you are using some other apps or website to take care of those functions.

In an interview with Buzzfeed, Cook said that they do not intend to “suck up” users’ real estate while acknowledging that some users may want to get rid of those apps. However, he pointed out that removal of some of the pre-loaded apps may cause a problem elsewhere in the system and while they are figuring ways to provide users with the ability to delete those apps, they want to ensure that things don’t go bad.

“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”, Cook said.

However, Cook refrained from naming specific apps that could be uninstalled in the future and we assume he meant all the apps that come pre-loaded with the devices.

Cook also talked on points such as tablets replacing desktops or laptops. He acknowledged that there is a group of people who would continue buying computers like Macs; however, there is a group that will never buy a computer because they are able to get their work done easily through iPads.

“I think that some people will never buy a computer,” Cook said. “Because I think now we’re at the point where the iPad does what some people want to do with their PCs.”