With iOS 11 you can actually delete stock apps

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by J. J., Jun 21, 2017.

  1. J. J. macrumors regular

    J. J.

    Oct 15, 2012
    While on iOS 10 deleting stock apps only hid them, it seems like on iOS 11 (since beta 1) they are actually deleted just like any other app. I haven't tried the betas yet, but users from different sources can confirm.

    It would be interesting to investigate the technical implications of this. Maybe non-essential system apps are now installed on the user partition as normal App Store apps? If this is the case, the system partition could be made smaller, and more free space would be left to the user. Someone would need to explore the root filesystem in order to confirm this.

    Also, how does iOS react to this change? What happens when you tap an e-mail address but the Mail app is no longer installed? Does a third-party app get opened?
  2. iObama macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2008
    Can't confirm that the apps are actually gone, but I can confirm that clicking on a Mail link results in the same behavior as iOS 10.
  3. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008

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