Recently, Apple seeded the iOS 16.1 beta to developers and beta testers and confirmed that the update will not be released with the iOS 16 update coming in September. Code of the new iOS 16.1 beta contains a reference to the capability to delete the Wallet app in the upcoming iOS 16.1 update.
Wallet app on iOS allows users to digitally store their physical cards like credit and debit cards, boarding passes, student ID, transit cards, car keys, tickets, and others in one place. In select states in the United States, users can also store their IDs and driver licenses in the app.
Through the Wallet app, users can also make wireless payments via a single tap on their iPhone and Apple Watch. However, the app only supports Apple Pay payment service to make contactless payments.
iOS 16.1 update will let users delete the Wallet app
According to 9to5Mac, the latest iPadOS 16.1 beta is available on iPad but since iPad’s operating system is “heavily” based on iOS, the new update gives an idea of what features to expect from the upcoming iOS 16.1 update.
Code found in iPadOS 16.1 beta reveals that users will be able to delete the Wallet app on iOS 16.1. And on deleting the app from an iPhone, the user will not be able to use Apple Pay and would have to download it again because the company does not support third-party payment services like Google Pay and Samsung Pay. This restriction has landed the tech giant in hot waters with legislators and developers.
By looking at the internal codes of iPadOS 16.1, 9to5Mac found that users will be able to uninstall the Wallet app with the update.
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.”
Previously, it was found that iOS 16 would let users delete more built-in apps from their iPhones like Camera, Clock, Find My, and Fitness which brings the total to 30 delectable stock apps.