The Maps app is well on its way to joining Apple’s cohort of apps that you can delete from your iPhone, say lines of information found in iPadOS 16.1 code, which is shared in large part with that of iPhones. iPhone.
Four lines explicitly refer to the action of deleting this app – Wallet in its English version – and the possibility of recovering it from the App Store. iOS 16 has extended the list of Apple apps that you can unbolt from your iPhone, but Maps was not there at the last check.
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For now this option is only in the code of what will be the first next big version of the iPad. We can therefore expect to see it activated in iOS 16.1 at the same time (see also Apple launches a seventh beta for iOS 16 and formalizes the delay of iPadOS). In the seventh beta of iOS 16.0 distributed since yesterday, we can still only remove it from the home screen, no more.
It is hardly surprising to see this pillar of apps and its services from Apple becoming retractable despite its importance for Apple. Apple has faced multiple lawsuits or investigations over the monopoly it built around Apple Pay and the app that serves as its front. It certainly paves the way for greater openness to third-party services and apps.
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