De­fault app con­trols

C’mon, Ap­ple, it’s time to let us hide Stocks and de­fault to us­ing Google Maps

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Some of Ap­ple’s ri­vals have a rep­u­ta­tion for fill­ing new de­vices with junk. On first launch, you’re faced with apps, demos and even ads you can’t get rid off. How­ever, Ap­ple’s not per­fect it­self. New iPhones and iPads have a load of pre‑in­stalled apps, and the lat­est iOS up­date in­cludes a new app called Ap­ple Watch. This is de­signed to help you man­age Ap­ple’s wear­able, but es­sen­tially oth­er­wise func­tions as an ad­vert you can’t re­move.

The abil­ity to delete de­fault apps en­tirely from your de­vice would be danger­ous – you can imag­ine hor­ror sto­ries of peo­ple accidentally re­mov­ing Sa­fari or Mail. How­ever, we’d like some switches ‘buried’ in Set­tings to en­able th­ese apps to be hid­den, rather like how you can hide chan­nels on an Ap­ple TV. While we’re talk­ing about de­fault apps, it would be great to fi­nally as­sign cus­tom al­ter­na­tives to Ap­ple’s own, for those peo­ple who pre­fer Google Maps to Ap­ple’s Maps and Mail­box to Mail.

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