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Cook: iPhone users may get option to delete native apps

- Brett Molina @brettmolin­a23 USA TODAY

Know all those native iPhone apps that some users hardly open, often hidden in their own folder or on a smartphone screen far, far away? 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,” Cook tells Buzzfeed. “We want you to be happy. ... 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.

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