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Here's how to remove Apple's built-in system apps in iOS 10

Say goodbye to your junk folder.

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Here’s an unexpected but nice feature that Apple is launching in iOS 10: The ability to remove and delete built-in system apps.

Apple has published a list of apps you’ll be able to delete when iOS 10 launches this fall for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The instructions for how to do so are pretty simple, and it's worth reading what happens when you remove something like Calculator.

The apps you will be able to remove are: Calculator, Calendar, Compass, Contacts, FaceTime, Find My Friends, Home, iBooks, iCloud Drive, iTunes Store, Mail, Maps, Music, News, Notes, Podcasts, Reminders, Stocks, Tips, Videos, Voice Memos, Watch app and Weather.

Apple’s support document, found via Daring Fireball, warns that deleting these apps can cause problems, affecting "things like related system functions or information on your Apple Watch."

Still, this is likely to be a popular feature, especially among power users. Many iOS users already relegate a bunch of these apps, especially the built-in Stocks and Weather apps, to a "Junk" folder. Being able to delete unwanted apps altogether is a logical step. It won’t save much space — Apple notes that all these apps combined use less than 150 megabytes — but it at least affords some elegance. (You’ll also be able to re-download the apps via the App Store.)

Developers can already install a beta version of iOS 10, but it’s not yet a good idea for most users.

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