iOS 15: Apple Music pushes other apps out of the dock

Curious iPhone bug

A strange bug has surfaced in iOS 15: when you reinstall the Apple Music app, it pushes other apps out of the dock. What’s behind it?

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By default, the Apple Music app is placed on the right side of the Dock.
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For a number of years, you have been able to delete the default Apple apps that are automatically installed when you set up your iPhone if you don’t need them. Apparently this leads to a strange error. When you reload the Apple Music app from the App Store, it is automatically placed in the Dock, displacing another app.

Does Apple prefer its own apps?

The iOS developers discovered the error Kevin Archer, who documented the behavior on Twitter. In his case, the Apple Music app replaced the Spotify app that was in his dock on the right. This moved the Spotify app to a free spot on the home screen.

A first guess raised in the comments is that Apple is replacing a third-party app with its own app, favoring its own services. But other commenters also show that the Safari app, for example, has been replaced, i.e. another standard app from Apple. In still other cases, the Apple Music app is simply placed in an empty space on the home screen, as you would expect.

The strange behavior of the app during installation does not always appear to occur and, on closer inspection, it does not appear as if Apple deliberately prefers its own apps to third-party services.

Error in iOS code?

9to5Mac seems to have tracked down the possible cause of the error during her research. In the iOS 15 code, for example, there is an internal file that defines the default position of the preinstalled apps when the iPhone is reinstalled.

This file may be accessed by the Apple Music app and probably other default apps when reinstalled. This also confirms Mike Beasleywho reports that another app has been installed in its default position on the first page of the home screen.

However, it remains unclear why the error does not always occur. Might the installation behavior change if the iPhone was initially set up with an older backup that has different default locations for apps like Apple Music?

Apple has confirmed to 9to5Mac the behavior of the Apple Music app during installation as an error and wants to investigate it. Maybe we’ll learn more about the background when the bug is fixed.

6.5.2022 von Gabriele Fischl

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