One of the most annoying things about the iPhone is finally about to change

Not everyone needs all of those apps.
Not everyone needs all of those apps.
Image: Reuters/Stephen Lam
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Apple announced countless updates to its software platforms today at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, but one of the biggest pieces of news seems to have slipped through the cracks of the keynote speech: In iOS 10, the next version of the iPhone operating system coming this autumn, you’ll finally be able to delete preinstalled Apple apps that you don’t use.

Almost everyone has a folder on their iPhone, iPad or iPod of all the preinstalled apps that they never use—some people have no use for the Stocks or Apple Watch apps, for example—just taking up space on their home screens. Soon you can make your phone as empty and zen as you’d like.

As New York Magazine points out, this might also make it easier for Apple to update individual apps, without having to wait to refresh everything in a big annual release as it currently does.

Update (15 June): Apple’s head of software engineering, Craig Federighi, recently explained on a podcast that while you’ll be able to remove stock Apple apps from your iPhone’s homescreen in iOS 10, their software will still be on the device. All personal data will be deleted, however, and the apps apparently only take up about 150 MB of space, according to Federighi.