News.app, Stocks.app, GarageBand... when you try to delete them, you are forbidden because they are "protected" apps. I tried disabling SIP (System Integrity Protection) and still could not delete News.

I also tried running the sudo rm -rf news.app command in Terminal and nothing happened.

So I revealed package contents and deleted its guts instead.

How can we regain control from this increasingly bloated and horrid OS? Is deleting app contents a bad idea?

  • What's the point of deleting the app contents if you are not deleting the entire app? Why do you hate it so much?(they don't even take up much space) – abc Feb 6 at 23:18
  • You do not need to disable SIP in order to delete e.g. Chess.app on SIP enabled systems, simply boot to Recovery Mode, (⌘R when restarting the Mac), and then in Terminal (on the Utilities menu)... e.g. rm -rf /Volumes/Macintosh\ HD/Applications/Chess.app and then type reboot and press enter to restart the Mac back to normal mode boot. Obviously if your normal Startup Disk is not Macintosh HD, then substitute the correct name in the command line. Note: Deleting with rm files are not placed in the Trash and typically cannot be recovered. – user3439894 Feb 6 at 23:30
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    None of those is considered bloatware Those are tiny apps that while come bundled with macOS, they are not automatically loaded when you boot. So, there's no impact on the performance of your Mac. As for storage impact, it's virtually nill. – Allan Feb 6 at 23:47
  • @abc Who cares? Do you have an answer or not? – Change Machine 2 days ago
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    From your link: Bloatware is software that has unnecessary features that use large amounts of memory and RAM None of the apps you mentioned are loaded at boot so they don't use any memory. – Allan 2 days ago

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