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iOS 16 will let you delete the Wallet app [Update]

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Wallet app (Image credit: Apple)

Update (September 14, 2022, at 6:36 PM EST): The first developer beta of iOS 16.1 confirms that users will be able to delete the Wallet app. It's currently unclear when iOS 16.1 will release to the public, but it is likely to come out later this fall.

If you don't want to trust Apple with your digital wallet, the company is going to make it easier to kick them off your phone.

Today, Apple released the seventh developer beta of iOS 16. Spotted by 9to5Mac, code within the latest developer beta indicates that the Wallet app will be able to be deleted when Apple releases iOS 16.1 to the public.

Of course, if you delete the Wallet app, you're going to lose access to a lot of features you may be currently using. The app allows users to store debit and credit cards, Apple's own Apple Card and Apple Cash, transit cards, loyalty cards, tickets, and more. 

Deleting the app will cut off a user's ability to use any of these items as well as Apple Pay (unless they download another wallet app of course). Trying to use something like Apple Pay will then prompt a user to download the Wallet app again from the App Store.

Code seen by 9to5Mac makes it clear that the Wallet app has become “deletable” with iOS 16.1. Unsurprisingly, some features like Apple Pay won’t work without the Wallet app. In this case, users will see a message telling them to “Download the Wallet app from the App Store.”

iPadOS 16 is delayed

While the Wallet app becoming a deletable app with iOS 16 is a nice addition by Apple, the big software news from today is that iPadOS 16 is delayed. Apple confirmed that, instead of launching with iPadOS 16.0, the company will delay the release and only make the software available to the public with iPadOS 16.1 later this fall.

Apple is expected to host an event in September where the company is expected to announce the iPhone 14, Apple Watch Series 8, and AirPods Pro 2. iOS 16 should arrive shortly after with iPadOS 16 expected to launch in October where the company is also expected to host an event to release new iPads and Macs.

Joe Wituschek
Contributor

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.