Cook: iPhone users may get option to delete native apps

Apple CEO says company exploring ways to let iPhone owners remove Apple apps.

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Apple may give owners the option to delete them instead.   Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted at the possibility during an interview with Buzzfeed, published Tuesday. Cook says some apps are linked to other processes on the iPhone, which means deleting the app could affect its performance.   As for the apps without that connection? Cook says Apple is weighing a way for users to remove them.

“It’s not that we want to suck up your real estate, we’re not motivated to do that,” Cook tells Buzzfeed. “We want you to be happy. So I recognize that some people want to do this, and it’s something we’re looking at.”   The iPhone comes with several Apple apps out of the box, including Tips, Stocks, Mail, the Safari web browser and an Apple Watch app.  Cook also addressed concerns with an upcoming feature for digital voice assistant Siri, where users can simply say “Hey Siri” without touching the phone. As Buzzfeed notes, the feature sparked privacy concerns since Siri is always on.  First you can decide you don’t want Hey Siri,” says Cook. “But the real answer to that is that the information is held on the device and so it is not going back to Apple. Apple doesn’t have access to it.”

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