Apple users who are celebrating the option of removing unused iOS 10 apps may need to take a step back. It turns out that “deleting” the apps doesn’t actually remove them from the phone; but instead only removes them from the home screen and deletes the associated user data.
The situation was confirmed by Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, on The Talk Show Live. It turns out that the 21 apps in question are hard baked into iOS itself. The application binaries cannot be removed because they are required for security signing reasons.
For the most part, this won’t change anything for people who just want to remove the icons from the home screen. Although it should be noted just in case there are those trying to remove these apps to free up addition storage space on their iPhones.
iOS 10 isn’t publicly available yet, with the public beta going live in July. The full release of the new operating system is slated for some point in fall 2016.