Apple's Built-In Wallet App Will Allegedly Be Deletable in iOS 16.1

The built-in iPhone Wallet app will apparently be able to be deleted starting in iOS 16.1, according to code in today's iPadOS 16.1 beta that was found by 9to5Mac and confirmed by MacRumors contributor Steve Moser.

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The code suggests the Wallet app will be downloadable from the App Store if it has been removed from an ‌iPhone‌ and the person with the ‌iPhone‌ attempts to use a feature like Apple Pay.

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As of right now, the Wallet app can be removed from the ‌iPhone‌'s Home Screen and hidden from view, but it can't be entirely deleted, something that will change with the launch of iOS 16.1.

Since iOS 16.1 is not available right now, there is no way to test whether the Wallet app will be able to be deleted, so it's possible Apple could change some things before the update sees a launch later this year.

The Wallet app is a key ‌iPhone‌ app because it houses debit and credit cards for ‌Apple Pay‌, handles ‌Apple Pay‌ Cash, is the home of Apple Card, and allows users to store loyalty cards, airline tickets, and more.

It is not clear why Apple would choose to allow users to delete the Wallet app, but the company is facing a class action lawsuit accusing it of violating antitrust law by making ‌Apple Pay‌ the only available mobile wallet for tap-to-pay payments on ‌iPhone‌.

The iOS 16 update will come out at some point in September, while iOS 16.1 will follow alongside iPadOS 16.1 at a later date. Apple has delayed the launch of iPadOS 16 in order to work on the Stage Manager multitasking feature available to M1 iPads.

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Top Rated Comments

Ifti Avatar
23 months ago
One of the stock apps I have no issues with and will be keeping. It's rather handy!
Score: 54 Votes (Like | Disagree)
markfc Avatar
23 months ago
Yep same! Wouldn’t trust another wallet provider.
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
A MacBook lover Avatar
23 months ago

I never really found this wallet app useful.
I have always found this wallet app useful
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cocky jeremy Avatar
23 months ago

Switch to Android where you can customize and delete to your heart’s content.
Then when you download malware, other people can join in on the fun and delete your apps themselves. Good times...
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
infinitedreams Avatar
23 months ago

What about Maps? I want to delete that.
You can already delete Maps
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lkrupp Avatar
23 months ago
Apple gearing up for the inevitable government intrusion into its business. There will be third party Wallet apps that a very few loud mouthed complainers will tout. Those who take the bait will get screwed over yet blame Apple when they do. Just take a look in the Apple Card section of the Apple Discussion Forums to see how gullible and ignorant people are about finances and credit cards.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)