Good news for those who are bored with their thick home screen loaded with stock apps. Most of them are not useful and you cant delete the already installed apps. Hence the iOS users have to hide those unwanted apps by putting them inside folders on their home screens. This may lead to shortage of storage space as well.


However, things turned  good for iOS users as Apple introduced new keys to iTunes’ metadata, which helps you to completely hide all unwanted apps. The keys will be seen soon on every app of the App store. The keys shows “isFirstParty” and “isFirstPartyHideableApp”. It will enable to hide some default apps like Compass, Voice Memos, and Stocks etc. Presently, the keys are set to false, but it will turn up in June whence the iOS 10 will be unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference as commented by App Advice.

This is a more complex issue than it first appears – Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook remarks : “This is a more complex issue than it first appears”. He adds “There are some apps that are linked to something else on the iPhone. If they were to be removed they might cause issues elsewhere on the phone. There are other apps that aren’t like that. So over time, I think with the ones that aren’t like that, we’ll figure out a way [for you to remove them]”. Excerpts from Cook’s Buzzfeed News interview.

Using Apple Configurator 2.2, already the stock apps in products across schools and businesses are done. The company’s Apple TV too provides provision for hiding apps.