Hartley Charlton

Hartley is a Senior Editor at MacRumors and co-host of "The MacRumors Show" podcast. He contributes to daily news coverage and writes a wide range of content for the site.

Having closely followed Apple news and rumors for almost a decade, Hartley joined the site in early 2020 as a Contributing Writer. He writes many of the site's news posts and various publications and aggregators often cite his articles.

His work at MacRumors has expanded into several important areas, including buyer's guides, roundups, and occasional reviews, and he introduced a successful new kind of targeted news article for the site. In late 2021, Hartley helped launch The MacRumors Show and now co-hosts the popular podcast on a regular basis.

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

Hartley Charlton's Articles

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HomePod Mini vs. HomePod Buyer's Guide

Tuesday January 24, 2023 8:30 am PST by
In 2020, Apple unveiled the HomePod mini as the first addition to the HomePod lineup, with a new spherical design and the S5 chip. With a more affordable price tag of just $99, ‌HomePod mini‌ is a much more accessible and versatile version of Apple's smart speaker in a compact design. Apple recently reintroduced the full-size ‌HomePod‌, meaning that there are once again two HomePods to choose...
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M2 MacBook Pro vs. 14- and 16-Inch MacBook Pro Buyer's Guide

Tuesday January 24, 2023 5:24 am PST by
Apple recently announced a major update for its high-end MacBook Pro models, adding the M2 Pro and ‌M2‌ Max chips, better battery life, Wi‑Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, and a HDMI 2.1 port. Last year, Apple updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the ‌M2‌ chip, so how do the machines compare? Despite both being MacBook Pros, the ‌M2‌ model and the high-end models are very different machines, so should you...
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Mac Mini vs. Mac Studio Buyer's Guide

Monday January 23, 2023 8:00 am PST by
The Mac Studio debuted in 2022 as Apple's most powerful custom silicon standalone desktop computer. Now, with the launch of the latest Mac mini models, the ‌Mac Studio‌ faces a formidable competitor that offers "Pro" capabilities at a substantially lower price point. The ‌Mac Studio‌ starts at $1,999, dwarfing the $599 starting price of the M2 ‌Mac mini‌ and even the $1,299 starting price of the...
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Gurman: Apple Not Working on New HomePod Mini

Sunday January 22, 2023 6:01 am PST by
Apple is likely not working on a new version of the HomePod mini smart speaker, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. In the latest edition of his "Power On" newsletter, Gurman explained that he believes Apple is not "actively working" on a successor to the ‌HomePod mini‌:After the debut of a new full-sized HomePod, many users started asking about an update to the mini model. But at this...
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Apple 'Playing Hard-Ball' in Appeal Against UK's Investigation Into Platform Restrictions

Sunday January 22, 2023 3:29 am PST by
Apple has filed an appeal against an investigation by the UK's competition authority into the company's dominance of mobile browsers and restrictions on cloud gaming (via Reuters). In November, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched a market investigation reference into Apple and Google's cloud gaming and mobile browser restrictions. The CMA has examined Apple and Google's "effe...
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iPhone 15 Pro Rumored to Feature Ultra-Thin Curved Bezels

Saturday January 21, 2023 8:20 am PST by
The iPhone 15 Pro models will have thinner, curved bezels compared to the iPhone 14 Pro models, potentially resulting in an Apple Watch-like appearance, according to the leaker known as "ShrimpApplePro." ShrimpApplePro clarified that the next-generation "Pro" iPhone models will still have flat displays, since only the bezels are to be curved. According to a source speaking to the leaker,...
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Old vs. New HomePod Buyer's Guide

Saturday January 21, 2023 2:00 am PST by
Following Apple's reintroduction of the full-size HomePod, how does the new model compare to the divisive original model that the company introduced in 2017 and discontinued in 2021? The new ‌HomePod‌ is priced at $299. The original model debuted at a $349 price point, before being dropped to $299 in 2019. Following a period of appreciation last year, prices for the original ‌HomePod‌ on sites...
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The MacRumors Show: HomePod Returns Alongside New MacBook Pro and Mac Mini

Friday January 20, 2023 7:58 am PST by
Following Apple's announcements this week, we talk through our reactions to the new MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and HomePod on this week's episode of The MacRumors Show. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos We weigh up the significance and timing of the MacBook Pro's hardware refresh, the excitement around the ‌Mac mini‌ with the M2 Pro chip as a rival to the Mac Studio and a...
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2020 vs. 2023 Mac Mini Buyer's Guide

Friday January 20, 2023 3:06 am PST by
Following the Mac mini's recent hardware refresh that added the M2 and ‌M2‌ Pro chips, what exactly do the latest machines bring to the table and is it worth upgrading from the previous generation? The current ‌Mac mini‌ with the ‌M2‌ chip starts at $599 and model with the ‌M2‌ Pro chip starts at $1,299. Upon the launch of the latest models, the M1 and Intel-based Mac minis were discontinued and are ...
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2021 vs. 2023 MacBook Pro Buyer's Guide

Thursday January 19, 2023 6:34 am PST by
Following the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro's recent hardware refresh that added the M2 Pro and ‌M2‌ Max chips, what exactly do the latest machines bring to the table and is it worth upgrading from the previous generation? The current 14-inch model starts at $1,999 and the 16-inch model starts at $2,499. Upon the launch of the latest models, the 2021 MacBook Pros were discontinued and are no...
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New Apple Monitor to Surpass Studio Display and Pro Display XDR With Three 'Pro' Features

Thursday January 19, 2023 3:36 am PST by
Apple is rumored to be planning to launch an all-new external monitor early this year, featuring at least three high-end features and capabilities that could surpass the company's two current external displays. The new monitor, which is rumored to arrive in early 2023, is expected to sit somewhere between the $1,599 Studio Display and the $4,999 Pro Display XDR – but more exact information ...
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New HomePod and HomePod Mini Now Feature Temperature and Humidity Sensing [Updated]

Wednesday January 18, 2023 7:18 am PST by
The reintroduced HomePod offers a temperature and humidity sensor, but Apple is also enabling the feature on the existing HomePod mini. The ‌HomePod‌'s built-in temperature and humidity sensor can measure indoor environments, allowing users to create automations that close the blinds or turn on a fan or heater automatically when a certain temperature is reached in a room, for example. This...
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Apple Launches Black Unity Sport Loop With Matching Apple Watch Face and iPhone Wallpaper

Wednesday January 18, 2023 6:01 am PST by
Apple today released a new, special-edition Black Unity Sport Loop Apple Watch band in celebration of Black History Month. The band comes as part of Apple's wider commemoration of Black History Month, where the company plans to highlight curated content celebrating Black culture and community.The Black Unity Sport Loop features the word "Unity" woven abstractly into the band using red,...
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Is a New 13-Inch MacBook Air With M3 Coming This Year?

Wednesday January 18, 2023 3:57 am PST by
As Apple's roadmap for new products in 2023 is increasingly the subject of speculation, will the company launch a new 13-inch MacBook Air this year? Apple introduced a radically redesigned 13-inch ‌MacBook Air‌ model last year featuring a Liquid Retina display, the M2 chip, 1080p camera, four-speaker sound system, MagSafe charging, and more – but rumors are mixed on whether the company will...
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Dropbox to Roll Out Update With Full Support for macOS 12.5 by End of May

Tuesday January 17, 2023 10:05 am PST by
Dropbox today announced that it is expanding support for macOS 12.5 and later, with all users set to receive the update by May 2023. Dropbox users that have not already got the update with support for macOS 12.5 can expect to receive it between now and the end of May. Anyone interested in early access to the version of Dropbox with support for macOS 12.5 can join the beta now. Basic,...
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New 16-Inch MacBook Pro Offers Up to 22 Hours Battery Life – Longest Ever in a Mac

Tuesday January 17, 2023 6:51 am PST by
Apple's new 16-inch MacBook Pro model features up to 22 hours of battery life – the longest battery life ever offered in a Mac. Both of the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models offer one additional hour of battery life over their predecessors, rising from 17 to 18 hours on the 14-inch model and 21 to 22 hours on the 16-inch model. For comparison, both the M1 and M2 MacBook Air offer 18...
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Apple Unveils M2 Pro and M2 Max Chips With 20% Faster CPU and More

Tuesday January 17, 2023 6:05 am PST by
Apple today unveiled the M2 Pro and ‌M2‌ Max chips alongside refreshed MacBook Pro and Mac mini models. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos The ‌M2‌ Pro chip is built using a second-generation five-nanometer process and offers 20 percent more transistors than the M1 Pro and double the amount in the ‌M2‌ chip. Multithreaded CPU performance is up to 20 percent faster than that...
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Will Apple Release a New iPad Pro in 2023?

Tuesday January 17, 2023 3:42 am PST by
As Apple's roadmap for new product launches in 2023 is increasingly the subject of speculation, will the company release new iPad Pro models this year? The next-generation ‌iPad Pro‌ models are the most-rumored upcoming iPad, providing relatively good insights into what to expect from the device. The current 11- and 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ models were released in October 2022, adding the M2 chip,...
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Don't Buy a Mac Mini Right Now: New Model Imminent

Monday January 16, 2023 3:37 am PST by
Apple is expected to unveil two refreshed Mac mini models imminently, meaning that now is not a good time to buy one of its low-cost desktop Macs. The M1 ‌Mac mini‌ is the oldest latest-generation Apple silicon Mac, and, much like the 24-inch iMac, it could benefit from an upgrade to the M2 chip. The current entry-level model launched in November 2020 features the ‌M1‌ chip – meaning that it...
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Apple Is Making a Lot Less Money From the iPhone 14 Pro – Here's Why

Monday January 16, 2023 2:16 am PST by
A key component in the iPhone 14 Pro and ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ Max is markedly more expensive than than its equivalent in the iPhone 13 lineup – meaning that without a retail price hike, Apple is likely making much less profit on each unit. The ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ and ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ Max contain the A16 Bionic chip, Apple's first 4nm chip. It reportedly costs $110 to produce, making it over 2.4× as...