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'HiddenApps' Hides Stock Apps, iAds and More on Non-Jailbroken iOS Devices [Update: Removed]

An app that hides the standard apps on the iPhone like Stocks or Newsstand has evaded Apple's App Store approval process.

'HiddenApps', a free download on the App Store, lets users hide Apple's stock applications, disable iAds, and access the hidden Field Test mode, according to iDownloadBlog. It is likely that the app will be removed from the App Store very quickly, as other apps that have broken App Store rules have disappeared quite quickly in the past.

HiddenApps is available for all non-jailbroken iOS devices.

iTunes release notes cleverly bill it as “a simple and easy app that shows you tips and tricks about your iDevice,” but the developer, of course, mentions at his web site the iAd and app hiding features.

Hiding stock apps normally requires a jailbroken device, so this program should come in handy for all non-jailbroken people other there.

Better hurry up, though, and download HiddenApps while you can because I’d bet my shirt that it won’t be available on the App Store for much time.

HiddenApps is a free download from the App Store, while AppAdvice has an explanation of how to actually use the app. [Direct Link]

Update: Apple has removed HiddenApps from the App Store.

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86 months ago
I hid all my apps including HiddenApps, now my phone is a desolate, icon free wasteland ...
Rating: 41 Votes
86 months ago
Or you could just make a junk folder.
Rating: 30 Votes
86 months ago
HOW do these pass the app store "evaluators"? LOL, the title alone is a dead give away.
Rating: 15 Votes
86 months ago
Apps come back after rebooting is pretty annoying. Better off creating a junk folder.
Rating: 14 Votes
86 months ago
What else is this app doing that it shouldn't?

No thanks.
Rating: 13 Votes
86 months ago
This is one thing that infuriates me about Apple's policies. This app (which I found out about too late) is something that some people obviously wanted. There are Apple apps that I have no use for, but which clutter up my iPhone. My solution was to simply make a folder called "Apple" and I dumped the offending apps there. But really -- why can't Apple simply allow us to delete the apps we don't want? If we need them again in the future, we can simply re-install them like other apps. Apple's policy for which apps I'm forced to have makes no sense.
Rating: 13 Votes
86 months ago
Finally, I can get rid of newsstand :p
Rating: 10 Votes
86 months ago
Apple, deal with these default apps!

Default apps is something Apple really needs to deal with in iOS 7. Fine, they were okay when smartphones were relatively a new technology and people needed a head start with their devices (and Apple needed a way to sell them) but Apple really needs to make some of its apps optional.

I'm not talking about the Phone app or iMessage...I'm talking about Newsstand, Stocks, Voice Memos, Reminders, Compass and Passbook. These are all apps that some people may find very useful but others just won't and don't need them constantly hanging around their devices. They got the right idea with iBooks, why did Newsstand need to be a default app? I'm pretty sure I don't know anyone who has ever found any use with the Stocks app.

Just make these apps optional! What's the harm? iPhone doesn't need any built in apps to get it off the shelves! People know what apps they can get without them needing a few "start up" apps. DEAR GOD LET US GET RID OF STOCKS IF WE SO WISH! These apps can be pre-installed, but should be removable if that's what the user wants.

Signed, a frustrated iPhone user. (Don't get me wrong, the rest of my experience is great...JUST LET ME DELETE THE APPS I DON'T WANT!!)
Rating: 10 Votes
86 months ago
You gotta love how Americans think ".de" is "Denmark."
Rating: 10 Votes
86 months ago
I put all the apps I don't like in a folder then move it to a page of its own and hope that I never scroll right more than I usually would
Rating: 9 Votes

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