iPhone users: You’re getting the new Apple Watch app, whether you want it or not. The app, which debuted Monday as part of the iOS 8.2 update, is automatically downloaded onto iPhones with the update and cannot be deleted. Interestingly, this only applies to iPhones; the iPad version of the 8.2 update doesn’t include the app.
Right now, the app doesn’t do much other than show promotional videos for the wearable. But once the Apple Watch goes on sale, you can use the app to pair your phone and manage apps via a dedicated App Store.
Apple has not explained why it made the watch app one of its mandatory apps for iPhone users, a list which includes Stocks, Safari, Health, iBooks, Reminders, Maps, Tips and Newsstand, and why you likewise can’t delete it.
It’s possible the company may let you remove the app in a future update — iOS 8.3 is already in the works — but for now the only way to get the new app out of sight is to hide it in a folder.
Though the update has only been live a few hours, users have already taken to Twitter to voice their complaints about the unwanted app — which many are equating with bloatware. Read more…