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. Various publications and aggregators often cite his articles.

Having closely followed Apple news and rumors for almost a decade, Hartley joined the site in early 2020 as a Contributing Writer. His work at MacRumors has expanded into several areas beyond news coverage, including buyer's guides, roundups, and occasional reviews, and he introduced a successful new kind of targeted article for the site. In late 2021, Hartley helped launch The MacRumors Show and now co-hosts the popular podcast on a weekly basis.

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

Hartley Charlton's Articles

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M2 vs. M3 MacBook Air Buyer's Guide: All Differences Compared

Monday March 4, 2024 9:18 am PST by
Apple today brought the MacBook Air up to date with its latest-generation Apple silicon. The company has reworked the lineup and its pricing, phasing out the M1 machine from 2020 and discontinuing the 15-inch M2 ‌MacBook Air‌ introduced in June 2023, so which model should you buy? The 2024 MacBook Air is available in 13.6- and 15.3-inch display sizes just like its predecessor, with the smaller ...
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All-New Apple Watch Hermès 'Tricot' Knitted Band Released

Monday March 4, 2024 6:33 am PST by
Apple and Hermès today released an all-new knitted "Tricot" Apple Watch band, available in four color options. Apple describes the Tricot Single Tour as "a knitted textile band that comfortably hugs the wrist like a glove." It is available as a single tour band only. Patterned on 1930s-era Hermès gloves created for driving, sailing, and golf, the Tricot band takes what was old and makes...
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Apple Refreshes Silicone Case and Watch Band Colors

Monday March 4, 2024 6:01 am PST by
Alongside the announcement of the new MacBook Air, Apple today refreshed the color options available with many of its iPhone cases and Apple Watch bands. Apple's Silicone Case with MagSafe for ‌iPhone‌ is now available with new Soft Mint, Sunshine, Light Blue, and Pink color options. Many of the new Apple Watch band colors match up with the refreshed silicone cases, with the exception...
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Apple Announces New MacBook Air Models With M3 Chip

Monday March 4, 2024 5:04 am PST by
Apple today announced new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Air models with M3 chip, improved external display support, Wi-Fi 6E, and more. Apple says that the new ‌MacBook Air‌ is up to 60% faster than the M1 model and up to 13x faster than the fastest Intel-based ‌MacBook Air‌. With a faster and more efficient Neural Engine, Apple says that the ‌MacBook Air‌ continues to be "the best consumer laptop for...
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EU Fines Apple $2 Billion for Anti-Competitive Behavior Toward Spotify

Monday March 4, 2024 4:18 am PST by
The European Commission today fined Apple €1.8 billion ($1.95 billion) for anti-competitive conduct against rival music streaming services. In a response published on its website, Apple fiercely attacked the Commission's decision, as well as Spotify's behavior. The fine comes as the conclusion to a long-running investigation by the EU, triggered by a complaint from Spotify, into Apple's...
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iPhone SE 4's Design Revealed in CAD Renders

Sunday March 3, 2024 10:14 am PST by
The rumored design of the fourth-generation iPhone SE was today corroborated in a series of CAD renders shared by Indian tech blog 91Mobiles. The images show a 6.1-inch, all-screen design display with a notch housing the TrueDepth camera array for Face ID, flat sides, and a USB-C port in place of Lightning. This design would be a substantial upgrade over the current ‌iPhone SE‌, which features ...
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The MacRumors Show: RIP Apple Car

Friday March 1, 2024 8:58 am PST by
On this week's episode of The MacRumors Show, we discuss Apple's decision to cancel its long-rumored electric vehicle project. Subscribe to ‌The MacRumors Show‌ YouTube channel for more videos Despite Apple's reputation for innovation, the company struggled to achieve the breakthroughs necessary to offer a viable self-driving car. The project's ambitious scope and shifting focus led to repeated...
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Apple Walks Back Decision to Disable Home Screen Web Apps in the EU

Friday March 1, 2024 8:36 am PST by
Following intense criticism, Apple today walked back its plan to disable Home Screen web apps in the European Union starting with iOS 17.4. Following the release of the second beta version of iOS 17.4, it emerged that Apple had restricted the functionality of iOS web apps in the EU. Web apps could no longer launch from the ‌Home Screen‌ in their own top-level window that takes up the entire...
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Apple TV+ Gains Over 50 Movies for a Limited Time

Friday March 1, 2024 6:29 am PST by
Apple TV+ today gained over 50 movies, adding to its back catalog of content for a limited time. The collection includes a large number of popular and classic titles. Subscribers can access the movies in a "Great Movies on ‌Apple TV+‌" section in the Apple TV app. Some titles are also available in 3D. Movies in the collection include: 21 Jump Street 300 American Sniper Argo ...
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Chip Details of 16 Upcoming Apple Devices Revealed

Friday March 1, 2024 5:40 am PST by
The chip details of 16 new Apple devices have been discovered, according to technical information posted on X earlier today by a private account with a proven track record of sharing accurate information about Apple's plans. Eight unreleased Apple devices with the A14 Bionic, A17 Pro, and M2 chips were among the list of chip identifiers (CPIDs). There are two upcoming A14 Bionic and A17 Pro...
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iOS 18: AI Server Industry Aiming to Win Business From Apple

Thursday February 29, 2024 7:00 am PST by
AI server makers are hoping to obtain orders from Apple ahead of its highly anticipated unveiling of new AI features later this year, according to Taiwanese research firm TrendForce. Server manufacturer Supermicro is reportedly "aggressively expanding" its efforts to secure AI-related orders from Apple. The company has the potential to double its shipments of AI servers this year, supported...
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Chinese Automakers Shocked at Apple's Decision to Cancel Car Project

Wednesday February 28, 2024 8:14 am PST by
Apple's decision to cancel its electric vehicle project has surprised ambitious new Chinese automakers like Xiaomi, the South China Morning Post reports. Yesterday, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman revealed that after a decade of work and millions of dollars in development costs Apple has canceled its plans to bring an EV to market, moving many of the 2,000 staff working on the project to generative...
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AirPods Max Project Makes Rumored Upgrade for Next-Gen Model a Reality

Wednesday February 28, 2024 6:00 am PST by
Hardware prototyping consultant Ken Pillonel's latest project switches the AirPods Max's Lightning port for USB-C as part of his ongoing efforts to highlight repairability and sustainability issues in consumer electronics. The project comes as a response to discontent among some users regarding the premium headphones' continued reliance on the Lightning port for charging while most other...
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Apple Music Gains Personalized 'Heavy Rotation Mix' Playlist

Wednesday February 28, 2024 4:30 am PST by
An all-new "Heavy Rotation Mix" playlist today rolled out on Apple Music, providing a convenient way for users to see and listen to a personalized collection of songs that they listen to most. The Heavy Rotation Mix features 25 songs and joins the Favorites Mix, Get Up! Mix, Chill Mix, New Music Mix, and Friends Mix. Unlike the pre-existing personalized playlists which are all updated on a...
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Major Shareholders Planning to Force Apple to Reveal Use of AI

Tuesday February 27, 2024 5:18 am PST by
Some of Apple's biggest investors are set to pressure the company tomorrow to reveal its use of artificial intelligence tools (via the Financial Times). Apple's annual shareholder meeting takes place tomorrow, allowing those with a major stake in the company to put forward proposals. One resolution proposed by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations...
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iOS 18's AI Features Could Revive iPhone Sales in China

Monday February 26, 2024 7:35 am PST by
iOS 18's rumored AI features could revive faltering iPhone sales in China, according to DigiTimes. In a paywalled report, ‌DigiTimes‌ explains that despite the Chinese market pivoting toward high-end devices, ‌iPhone‌ sales have reportedly struggled since the start of 2024 in the region against rival brands offering generative AI features and foldable displays. In December 2023, Apple...
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Game Developers Describe 'Smell of Death' Around Apple Arcade

Monday February 26, 2024 7:24 am PST by
Some game developers are dissatisfied with Apple Arcade amid concerns about the subscription service's future, a new report claims. Sources speaking to mobilegamer.biz described a "smell of death" around Apple's games subscription service and noted the difference between the company's investment in TV and music, and its interest in games. "At the very top of the company there needs to be a ...
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Apple's Decision to Disable Web Apps Attracts Scrutiny in EU

Monday February 26, 2024 7:07 am PST by
The European Commission is considering investigating Apple's move to disable Home Screen web apps in the EU, the Financial Times reports. Following the release of the second beta version of iOS 17.4, it emerged that Apple had restricted the functionality of iOS web apps in the EU. Web apps can no longer launch from the ‌Home Screen‌ in their own top-level window that takes up the entire...
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Microsoft Begged Apple to Adopt Bing as Safari's Default Search Engine

Monday February 26, 2024 5:29 am PST by
Microsoft repeatedly attempted to persuade Apple to switch to Bing as the default search engine for Safari or even buy it outright, it has emerged. The information was disclosed in documents as part of Google's ongoing antitrust case against the U.S. Justice Department (via CNBC). According to the filings, Microsoft approached Apple in 2009, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2020, proposing that...
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iPhone 14 Pro vs. iPhone 16 Pro: 50+ Upgrades to Expect

Saturday February 24, 2024 7:00 am PST by
The iPhone 16 Pro is set to succeed 2023's iPhone 15 Pro, introducing over 25 new features and improvements to Apple's high-end smartphones. With many users adopting two-year upgrade cycles, plenty of iPhone 14 Pro owners will be looking to upgrade to the ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ later this year, so this guide breaks down every major difference you should be aware of between the two generations based on...