Tim Hardwick

Tim is a Senior Editor at MacRumors and has been writing for the site since 2016. Formerly a magazine journalist, his work has appeared in over 30 newsstand print publications and online brands covering a range of topics, from the latest trends in technology to the mysteries of ancient history.

Based in the UK, Tim's current role at MacRumors involves editorial oversight and how tos, in addition to covering daily news and contributing occasional reviews. Tim can be reached at tim@macrumors.com, Telegram (@waxeditorial) or Twitter.

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Spotify on iOS to Bring Back In-App Purchases, Beta Code Suggests [Updated]

Thursday December 7, 2023 5:48 am PST by
Spotify appears to be bringing in-app payments back to its iOS app, based on code strings unearthed in the latest beta. MacRumors contributor Aaron Perris discovered the new code references to an in-app payment system, including an IAP checkout screen and purchase retry panels for failed purchases. It's not clear what the IAP references relate to, but the fact that they are included is...
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Does My iPhone or iPad Support Wi-Fi 6E?

Thursday December 7, 2023 4:56 am PST by
Wi-Fi 6E, the latest advancement in Wi-Fi technology, offers several benefits when enabled on your iPhone or iPad. This article explains what Wi-Fi 6E is, and which of Apple's mobile devices support it. What is Wi-Fi 6E? Wi-Fi 6 operates on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, while Wi-Fi 6E also works over the 6GHz band for increased bandwidth. Wi-Fi 6E offers faster wireless speeds, lower latency,...
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New MacBook Air Models Launching Next Year: 5 Features to Expect

Thursday December 7, 2023 4:15 am PST by
The existing 15-inch MacBook Air arrived in June 2023, which is not that long ago in terms of Mac update cycles. However, Apple released the current 13-inch ‌MacBook Air back in June 2022. It is now the oldest Mac in Apple's current crop, having not been updated in over 500 days. But that may not be true for long. According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple has new 13-inch and 15-inch...
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Facebook Messenger Rolls Out End-to-End Encryption by Default

Thursday December 7, 2023 4:03 am PST by
Meta is rolling out end-to-end encryption for personal messages and calls on Messenger and Facebook, finally delivering on a pledge it committed to some time ago. Messenger encryption originally arrived in 2016 in the form of "secret conversations," and plans to extend the platform's cryptographic features have been floated ever since. According to Loredana Crisan, Head of Messenger,...
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Apple Adds Push Notification Data to Law Enforcement Guidelines

Thursday December 7, 2023 2:32 am PST by
Apple has updated its Legal Process Guidelines to reflect the company's legal obligation to comply with law enforcement requests for Apple ID information associated with its push notification service. The change follows yesterday's revelation that governments are actively using smartphone notification data as a user surveillance tool. In the section titled "Information Available from Apple," ...

iPhone 16 Series Rumored to Have These 18 New Features

Thursday December 7, 2023 1:17 am PST by
The iPhone 16 series is at least 10 months away, and yet there are 18 rumors already circulating about the devices. Below, we've recapped all of the new features and changes we have covered here at MacRumors so far. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. The following key changes have been rumored for the iPhone 16 lineup as of November 2023: Larger Displays: The...
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Kuo: Apple Upgrading iPhone 16 Microphone to Boost Siri AI Experience

Thursday December 7, 2023 1:07 am PST by
Apple plans a significant upgrade to the iPhone 16 microphone to improve the new AI-enhanced Siri experience, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Writing in his ing-beneficiaries-1ec29ee45e42">latest Medium post, Kuo says that "strengthening Siri's hardware and software features and specifications is the key to promoting AI-generated content," adding that Apple's generative AI ambitions ...
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35 Things Your iPhone Can Do in iOS 17.2 Coming Next Week

Wednesday December 6, 2023 5:57 am PST by
Apple made the first beta of iOS 17.2 available to developers in October. Since then we've seen three more betas, and with each iteration Apple continues to add more new features and changes, many of which users have been anticipating for quite a while. Below, we've listed 35 new things that are coming to your iPhone when the finalized version is publicly released in mid-December. 1....
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Apple's iMessage May Dodge EU Regulatory Demand for Interoperability

Wednesday December 6, 2023 5:36 am PST by
Apple's iMessage chat service may dodge EU regulatory demands for platform interoperability after all. Bloomberg reports that an investigation by the bloc's antitrust watchdog has tentatively concluded that the chat service is not popular enough with business users to warrant being subject to the new rules. The EU has been working on legislation under the Digital Markets Act (DMA) that would ...
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Apple Confirms Governments Using Push Notifications to Surveil Users

Wednesday December 6, 2023 5:06 am PST by
Unidentified governments are surveilling smartphone users by tracking push notifications that move through Google's and Apple's servers, a US senator warned on Wednesday (via Reuters). In a letter to the Department of Justice, Senator Ron Wyden said foreign officials were demanding the data from the tech giants to track smartphones. The traffic flowing from apps that send push notifications...
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Make iPhone 16 Batteries in India, Apple Tells Component Suppliers

Wednesday December 6, 2023 4:08 am PST by
Apple has told component suppliers it wants iPhone 16 batteries to be made in India, as part of the company's efforts to diversify its global supply chain and reduce its reliance on Chinese manufacturing. Leaked image of alleged iPhone 16 Pro battery with new design, updated connector, and 3355mAh capacity. The Financial Times reports that Apple has informed battery suppliers including...
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UK's EE TV Platform Launches With Customized Apple TV 4K

Wednesday December 6, 2023 3:16 am PST by
EE TV, a new broadband TV platform from EE, today launched as a BT TV replacement service in the UK, offering subscribers the option of an Apple TV 4K with customized remote control. EE TV offers access to more than 70 Freeview channels, a Netflix subscription, as well as premium channels from Sky, Discovery, Eurosport, TNT Sports, and more. To access the platform, subscribers can opt to...
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'All-Screen' iPhone Under-Display Camera Enters Development

Wednesday December 6, 2023 2:03 am PST by
Apple's Korean suppliers have begun developing smartphone under-display cameras (UDC), paving the way for the first iPhone with a true "all-screen" appearance. According to The Elec, LG Innotek has entered the preliminary development of the UDC, which sits under the display and does not result in a visible hole in the panel when the camera is not in use. A UDC differs from a typical front ...
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When Will iOS 17.2 Be Released?

Wednesday December 6, 2023 12:44 am PST by
Apple is currently beta testing iOS 17.2, the second major update to the iOS 17 operating system that came out in September 2023. The update includes many new features and changes, including Apple's new Journal app, support for spatial video recording on iPhone 15 Pro models, and a Translate option for the Action button on iPhone 15 Pro models. 28 New Things Your iPhone Can Do With Next...
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iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus: 6 Rumored New Features

Tuesday December 5, 2023 9:43 am PST by
Apple's 2024 iPhone lineup is expected to include four models: iPhone 16, iPhone 16 Plus, iPhone 16 Pro, and iPhone 16 Pro Max. While the more premium Pro models tend to get most of the limelight, that doesn't mean the more affordable iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus won't have something new to shout about. In fact, with at least 10 months to go before Apple launches its next flagship smartphone ...
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iPhone 15 OLED Supplier Still Plagued by Leaky Light Issues

Tuesday December 5, 2023 5:04 am PST by
Apple supplier BOE still can't catch a break in its production of OLED displays for iPhone 15 models. According to a new report by DigiTimes, the Chinese-based manufacturer is still struggling to expand panel supply due to yield issues. Despite investing in panel research and development, BOE has continually struggled with yield rate problems, particularly for OLED panels for the iPhone 15...
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Apple Pushes Back Against iPhone USB-C Regulations in India

Tuesday December 5, 2023 4:18 am PST by
Apple has asked the Indian government to exempt existing iPhones from new rules that require smartphones sold in the country to have a USB-C charging port, reports Reuters. India wants to replicate an upcoming European Union rule that requires all smartphones to implement the USB-C charging standard. However, according to a new report, Apple has told India its local production targets will...
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iOS 17 Bug Switches Apps While Typing - How to Fix

Tuesday December 5, 2023 3:32 am PST by
An increasing number of iPhone users are reporting a persistent iOS 17 bug that causes the app switcher to suddenly appear when they are typing on the screen. If you have experienced this frustrating issue, you are not alone. Apple Community forums and Reddit contain similar reports of people being kicked out of Messages, Notes, and other apps mid-sentence only to find themselves in another ...
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Instagram and Facebook Messenger Chats to Disconnect This Month

Tuesday December 5, 2023 1:57 am PST by
Meta has revealed plans to end Instagram users' ability to chat with Facebook accounts later this month, rolling back a feature that it introduced over three years ago. In September 2020, Meta (then Facebook) announced it was merging its Facebook Messenger service with Instagram direct messaging, allowing Instagram users to chat with Facebook users and vice versa using the same platform....
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How to Turn On Noise Cancellation for Just One AirPod

Monday December 4, 2023 5:59 am PST by
AirPods Pro and AirPods Pro 2 feature Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), which is designed to adapt to the shape of your ear and block out the outside world so you can focus on what you're listening to. ANC is typically used when you have both AirPods in, but there is a way to use it when you're wearing just a single AirPod. The feature fully realizes its design aims when both AirPods are in...