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You might be able to officially hide Apple’s crappy stock iOS apps soon

by Todd Haselton | April 6, 2016April 6, 2016 10:20 am PST

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Apple installs a lot of bloatware on its smartphones and tablets. I have a whole folder of “Apple crap” filled with apps I can’t uninstall, such as Game Center, iBooks, Stocks, Find Friends and Maps. If you don’t have an Apple Watch, you can add that to the list of apps you probably find useless, too. You might soon be able to hide those apps entirely.

AppDevice recently discovered code in iTunes that suggests future versions of iOS might allow you to eventually hide applications. The strings for ‘isFirstPartyHideableApp” and “isFirstParty” suggest that the option to toggle from “false” to “true” might one day allow those aforementioned apps to be hidden from the home screen.


“First Party” pretty clearly suggests this applies to Apple’s built-in applications, since everything else is technically “third party.” Seems like there’s no other reason to have these keys unless Apple plans to one day activate them.

No word if or when that’ll happen, but at least it’s on Apple’s mind.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...