First Click: How Many Default iPhone Apps Do You Use?

Noah Meloccaro, right, compares his older iPhone 4s to the new iPhone 5 held by Both Gatwech, outside the Apple Store in Omaha, Neb. (Nati Harnik/The Canadian Press/AP)
Noah Meloccaro, right, compares his older iPhone 4s to the new iPhone 5 held by Both Gatwech, outside the Apple Store in Omaha, Neb. (Nati Harnik/The Canadian Press/AP)
Noah Meloccaro, right, compares his older iPhone 4s to the new iPhone 5 held by Both Gatwech, outside the Apple Store in Omaha, Neb. (Nati Harnik/The Canadian Press/AP)

(The Verge) – Are you an iPhone user? If so, there’s a good chance you’ve created a folder called “Apple” or “Junk” or “Stuff I can’t delete but really want to.” It’s the place you put all those default apps that come preinstalled on every iOS device since the original iPhone. It’s an annoyance, sure, but the fact that you’re not using them poses a threat to Apple’s ecosystem — a view shared byBuzzFeed’s Charlie Warzel.

The original iPhone came pre-installed with 16 apps. These have morphed and ballooned to 27 now: Messages, Calendar, Photos, Camera, Weather, Clock, Maps, Videos, Notes, Reminders, Stocks, Game Center, Newsstand, iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks, Health, Passbook, Settings, Phone, Mail, Safari, Music, Podcasts, Voice Memos, Tips, and Apple Watch.

Of these, I use just 12 regularly, the other 15 are tucked away in a folder called “Meh.” An informal survey of my Verge colleagues shows similar setups with most of Apple’s defaults tucked away on pages never viewed, or folders never opened.

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