Apple is expanding the list of its erasable iPhone apps: With iOS and iPadOS 16, users can for the first time delete the apps “Where is?”, Health and the clock from iPhone and iPad, as developers with access to the first beta of the new operating system versions report. This will make it possible in the future to remove almost 30 of the programs preinstalled by Apple on the devices.
Deleting Apple apps with side effects
Apple is thus taking the path that only began with iOS 10, giving users step by step more control over the apps included in the operating system. However, deleting Apple apps can affect other system functions, as the manufacturer has warned ever since. This should also be the case with the new apps, although sharing your location with third parties will continue to work without the “Where is?” app and can be controlled via the corresponding system settings. So deleting the app does not deactivate the service working underneath it, nor does it deactivate participation in the “Where is?” network.
Deleting the Health app should also have side effects, especially in conjunction with the Apple Watch, which logs all recorded health data there.
The EU Commission wants to prescribe the deletion function
Several central services still cannot be deleted from the iPhone with iOS 16, including the Messages app (iMessage), the Safari browser, the App Store, the phone app and Apple Wallet. Legislative initiatives in the US and Europe could, however, force Apple to make additional apps optional in the future. The Digital Markets Act in Europe prohibits gatekeepers like Apple from preventing the deletion of pre-installed apps – with the exception of apps that provide basic system functions and cannot be replaced by third-party apps.
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