The built-in iPhone Wallet app of Apple will apparently be able to be removed beginning with iOS 16.1 ,according to code discovered by 9to5Mac and confirmed by MacRumors contributor Steve Moser in today’s iPadOS 16.1 beta,
According to the code, Wallet will be available for download from the App Store if an iPhone’s owner tries to use an Apple Pay feature after removing it from the device.
Currently, the Wallet app on the iPhone can only be hidden from display and removed from the home screen. However, this will change when iOS 16.1 is released.
There is currently no method to verify whether the Wallet app will be able to be uninstalled in iOS 16.1, so it’s possible that Apple will make changes before the update is released later this year.
The Wallet app is a crucial iPhone app since it manages Apple Pay Cash, houses Apple Cards, and stores loyalty cards, airline tickets, and more. It also houses debit and credit cards for Apple Pay.
Apple is facing a class action lawsuit alleging that by making Apple Pay the sole mobile wallet available for tap-to-pay payments on iPhones, the corporation violated antitrust law. It is unclear why Apple would choose to allow users to deactivate the Wallet app.
The iOS 16 update will be released at some point in September, and iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1 will follow later. In order to finish developing the Stage Manager multitasking feature for M1 iPads, Apple has postponed the release of iPadOS 16.