Hartley Charlton

Hartley is an Editor at MacRumors, and has been covering Apple news and rumors since early 2020. He writes a wide range of content for the site, including buyer’s guides, roundups, reviews, and off-cycle articles, as well as daily news coverage. His work has been cited by various tech publications and news sites.

Based in Hertfordshire, England, Hartley is keenly interested in history and creative writing.

Hartley Charlton's Articles

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Apple Not Trying Hard Enough to Protect Users Against Surveillance, Researchers Say

Friday July 23, 2021 6:46 am PDT by
Following the news of widespread commercial hacking spyware on targeted iPhones, a large number of security researchers are now saying that Apple could do more to protect its users (via Wired). Earlier this week, it was reported that journalists, lawyers, and human rights activists around the world had been targeted by governments using phone malware made by the surveillance firm NSO Group...
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iPhone Helps to Identify Rare Form of Cancer

Friday July 23, 2021 4:00 am PDT by
A photo taken on an iPhone has helped to identify a rare form of cancer, according to news reports. A mother of three from Gainesville, Florida took a photo of her three-month-old son using her ‌iPhone‌ and its True Tone flash, which highlighted an abnormality in his right eye. The boy's mother, a labor and delivery nurse, recalled learning about retinoblastoma during her training....
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Common Windows Malware Can Now Infect Macs

Wednesday July 21, 2021 8:13 am PDT by
A common form of malware on Windows systems has been modified into a new strain called "XLoader" that can also target macOS (via Bleeping Computer). Derived from the Formbook info-stealer for Windows, XLoader is a form of cross-platform malware advertised as a botnet with no dependencies. It is used to steal login credentials, capture screenshots, log keystrokes, and execute malicious files. ...
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AirPods Pro Beta Firmware Now Available

Wednesday July 21, 2021 6:50 am PDT by
Upcoming AirPods Pro firmware updates are now available to Apple Developer Program members as beta versions. ‌AirPods Pro‌ firmware beta one features FaceTime Spatial Audio and Ambient Noise Reduction. Custom Transparency mode, including Conversation Boost, was initially expected to be included in the beta but appears to have been delayed for a later version. Apple made the announcement...
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Alert: Update to iOS 14.7 Now to Protect Against Dangerous Wi-Fi Bug

Wednesday July 21, 2021 4:13 am PDT by
iPhone users should upgrade to iOS 14.7 immediately to avoid a dangerous bug that disabled the device's Wi-Fi, sometimes irreversibly. Before iOS 14.7, if a user connected to a Wi-Fi network with the name "%p%s%s%s%s%n," a bug completely disabled the device's ability to connect to Wi-Fi. According to user reports, doing so would "permanently disable" an ‌iPhone‌'s Wi-Fi functionality, making...
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Aqara HomeKit Accessories Now Available From Online Apple Store in Europe

Wednesday July 21, 2021 1:00 am PDT by
Aqara HomeKit accessories are now available from the Apple Store Online in a range of European countries, the company has today announced. Aqara products will be available from the Apple Store Online in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK. To date, Aqara products have only been stocked in Apple Stores in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macao. Review: Aqara Camera Hub G2H and Sensors...
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iPad Mini 6 Rumored to Feature A15 Chip and Smart Connector

Tuesday July 20, 2021 7:18 am PDT by
The sixth-generation iPad mini will feature an A15 chip and a Smart Connector, according to a report from 9to5Mac. The next-generation ‌iPad mini‌ is reportedly codenamed "J310" and will feature a number of significant upgrades. The report claims that one of the key features of the new ‌iPad mini‌ will be the A15 chip, which is expected to debut in the iPhone 13 lineup later this year. The A15...
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Apple Looking to Establish a Large Production Campus in Los Angeles for Apple TV+

Tuesday July 20, 2021 4:40 am PDT by
Apple is looking to lease a large production campus in Los Angeles for Apple TV+, according to the Wall Street Journal. Apple apparently told real-estate development executives about its intention to lease a Los Angeles production campus, presumably for ‌Apple TV+‌. The production hub could exceed half a million square feet in size since it needs to provide enough space to produce multiple TV...
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MagSafe Battery Pack Now Available for Apple Store Pickup

Tuesday July 20, 2021 2:39 am PDT by
The newly-launched MagSafe Battery Pack for the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max is now available for in-store pickup at Apple Stores in a range of countries and regions around the world. Spot checks show that customers in the U.S., Canada, UK, EU, Australia, Japan, and China can now place an order for a ‌MagSafe Battery Pack‌ on Apple's website or in the Apple...
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iOS and Android Activations Now Split Evenly in the U.S., Research Shows

Monday July 19, 2021 6:26 am PDT by
Activations of iOS and Android devices are now evenly split in the United States, with little sign of movement toward either platform dominating over the past two years, according to data sourced by Consumer Research Intelligence Partners (CIRP). CIRP estimates that iOS and Android each had 50 percent of new smartphone activations in the year ending this quarter. iOS's share of new...
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Police Find Unexpected Use for Apple AirTags

Monday July 19, 2021 3:15 am PDT by
The utility of Apple's AirTag item trackers have started to be seen in law enforcement when locating stolen property, according to recent reports. As reported by GadgetLite, an AirTag user in Boston was able to recover their stolen property with the help of the police and Apple's small tracking device. Earlier this month, the user discovered that his bike had been stolen. Thankfully, he...
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iPhone 12 Depreciates Less Than iPhone 11, Study Finds

Friday July 16, 2021 7:55 am PDT by
iPhone 12 models have held their value better than iPhone 11 models did after the same amount of time, according to a new report by SellCell. During the six months following launch, the ‌iPhone 12‌ models lost on average 34.5 percent of their value, while during the same period after the launch of the ‌iPhone 11‌ lineup, ‌iPhone 11‌ models lost 43.8 percent of their value. This means that iPhone...
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Apple Warns Leakers to Stop Releasing Information After Multiple Products Revealed in Leaks

Friday July 16, 2021 3:19 am PDT by
After a number of significant product leaks in recent years, Apple is now explicitly warning leakers to stop releasing confidential information. The highly reliable Apple leaker known as "Kang" and a number of other leakers have reportedly received warning letters from lawyers representing Apple. According to posts on Kang's Weibo account, the letter cautioned leakers that they must not...
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Apple's Chip Partner TSMC to Begin Mass Production of 5nm Chips at New Arizona Factory in 2024

Thursday July 15, 2021 7:56 am PDT by
Apple chip supplier TSMC has confirmed that it will begin mass production operations at its new factory in Arizona in 2024, Nikkei Asia reports. TSMC Chairman Mark Liu announced that the company's $12 billion factory in Phoenix, Arizona, which is currently under construction, will begin mass production in the first quarter of 2024. While the 2024 timeframe had previously been rumored by Bloom...
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Music Streaming Services Point to Labels in Inquiry into Unfair Artist Royalties

Thursday July 15, 2021 5:35 am PDT by
Royalties from music streaming services, including Apple Music and Spotify, are weighted unfairly against artists, according to a committee of Members of Parliament in the UK (via BBC News). An investigation by the UK parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee into music streaming found that artists see "pitiful returns." The committee called for a "complete reset" of ...
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TikTok Becomes First Non-Facebook App to Hit 3 Billion Downloads

Wednesday July 14, 2021 8:27 am PDT by
TikTok has become the first non-Facebook app to reach three billion downloads worldwide across iOS and Android, according to Sensor Tower. Sensor Tower Store Intelligence data reveals that the app, including its Chinese iOS version called Douyin, was the most downloaded and highest-grossing non-game app globally in the first half of 2021, reaching 383 million first-time installs and an...
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BT to Expand 5G to Entire UK by 2028 Using Drones, Satellites, and Portable Cells, Will End 3G Service by 2023

Wednesday July 14, 2021 7:10 am PDT by
The British network carrier BT has today announced that EE will offer 5G connectivity anywhere in the UK by 2028 as the company set out its plans for the future. 3G services offered by EE, BT Mobile, and Plusnet will be phased out by 2023, by which time the company will have built a new 5G core network. 3G usage has been in steady decline in recent years, now representing less than two...
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Apple Supplier Rockley Photonics Unveils Health Tracking Tech Likely to Come to Apple Watch

Wednesday July 14, 2021 5:40 am PDT by
Rockley Photonics, an Apple supplier, has today unveiled an advanced digital sensor system that is likely to come to the Apple Watch to enable a wide range of new health tracking features. The company today revealed a full-stack, "clinic-on-the-wrist" digital health sensor system, enabling wearable devices to monitor multiple biomarkers, including core body temperature, blood pressure, body...
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Apple Developing a Whole New Kind of iPad Mini

Wednesday July 14, 2021 3:12 am PDT by
Apple is believed to be working on a completely new, Pro-style version of the iPad mini, according to recent reports. According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and Debby Wu, Apple is planning to launch a new ‌iPad mini‌ model with narrower screen bezels, with the company also testing a design that does away with the Home button. However, it seems that this is more than a Pro-style redesign of...
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JetBlue Pilots to Receive M1 iPad Pro

Tuesday July 13, 2021 7:54 am PDT by
The airline JetBlue has today announced that it will be equipping its pilots with the M1 iPad Pro. JetBlue was one of the first airlines in the United States to adopt digital documentation in the cockpit. The airline first received Federal Aviation Administration approval to give iPads to all pilots in 2013, which enabled pilots to use the iPad for operational tracking apps, hosting system...