I just updated to iOS 6 and I have this springboard app that I cannot delete. I've tried restarting, and opening the app just ends up in it closing itself. Any advice?

By the way, I am using an iPod Touch 4 that has never been jailbroken.

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  • Any history of jailbreaking this device?
    – bmike
    Sep 19, 2012 at 22:11
  • @bmike Nope, I haven't.
    – Tanner
    Sep 19, 2012 at 22:15
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    Odd - the springboard process is supposed to run without an icon on the home screen. If you have a good backup, I would erase all content and settings and then use the device without restoring your backup to make sure you have a good build. If so, then you could erase all content and settings again and restore from your backup.
    – bmike
    Sep 19, 2012 at 22:17
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    That’s a nice background! Where did you get it from? Also, applying the restore from iTunes will fix this. I just tested. I was getting “iAdOptOut”, “SpringBoard”, and “Diagnostics” on my home screen.
    – duci9y
    Sep 20, 2012 at 6:42
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    I'm not sure how to fix your problem without Jailbreaking (you would just kill the Springboard process, and then it would restart with those icons removed). It's weird to see that Springboard now has a .app in /Applications now. Interesting! Sep 25, 2012 at 19:44

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Before going through a hard reset, it might be worth doing a soft reset.

To do that, press the Power & Home buttons simultaneously until the iPod shuts down by itself. Release the buttons and power it back on.

This might take care of the issue. Otherwise, just restore it using iTunes and if you have no valuable data to lose, choose the "Setup Up As New Phone" option.

  • Thanks, but this isn't a big enough issue for me to reset my whole device. It's just two little apps that I could hide away in a folder if I can't find any other way to get rid of them.
    – Tanner
    Sep 22, 2012 at 4:59

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