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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Apple Watch Series 9 Buyer's Guide: How Incremental Upgrades Stack Up Over the Years

Friday September 29, 2023 2:57 am PDT by
The Apple Watch has received some incremental updates in recent years, with significant upgrades becoming fewer and farther between as the device has progressed. Since the Apple Watch's generation-over-generation enhancements are relatively small, it is all the more important to consider when an upgrade is justified and whether an older model could suffice for your needs. The Apple Watch...
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iOS 17.1 Adds Custom Playlist Art Options to Apple Music

Thursday September 28, 2023 7:24 am PDT by
Apple added a new feature to the Apple Music app in the first beta of iOS 17.1 that offers a selection of color-matched playlist artwork options for the first time. As of beta one, Apple provides eight different artwork styles featuring geometric shapes and gradients, with the title of the playlist in the top left corner. The colors used in the artwork are picked from the album artwork of...
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'Apple Payments Services' Company Likely Behind New Apple Wallet Features in UK, Potentially More to Follow

Thursday September 28, 2023 6:15 am PDT by
An Apple-acquired company now renamed "Apple Payments Services" is likely behind the new UK-exclusive Apple Wallet features in iOS 17.1, potentially hinting that Apple has plans to launch additional financial services in the country. Last year, Apple acquired Credit Kudos, a UK open banking startup that sought to help lenders make better decisions. MacRumors has now learned that Apple filed ...
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EU Chief Calls on Apple CEO Tim Cook to Open Hardware and Software Ecosystem

Tuesday September 26, 2023 8:01 am PDT by
EU industry chief Thierry Breton today publicly called on Apple CEO Tim Cook to open the company's ecosystem of hardware and software to rivals (via Reuters). Following an in-person meeting with Cook earlier today in Brussels, Belgium, Breton told Reuters:The next job for Apple and other Big Tech, under the DMA (Digital Markets Act) is to open up its gates to competitors. Be it the...
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Apple Looking to Save Space in Future iPhones With Thinner Circuit Boards

Tuesday September 26, 2023 6:42 am PDT by
Apple will begin using a new material to make its printed circuit boards thinner starting next year, according to a source with a good track record. Apple will reportedly switch to using resin coated copper (RCC) foil as a new printed circuit board (PCB) material in 2024. The change will apparently allow Apple to make its PCBs even thinner. Current iPhone PCBs are made from a flexible copper ...
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iPhone 13 Pro vs. iPhone 15 Pro Buyer's Guide: 50+ Differences Compared

Tuesday September 26, 2023 3:40 am PDT by
The iPhone 15 Pro brings over 50 new features and improvements to Apple's high-end smartphones compared to the iPhone 13 Pro, which was released two years prior. This buyer's guide breaks down every major difference you should be aware of between the two generations and helps you to decide whether it's worth upgrading. The ‌iPhone 13‌ Pro debuted in 2021, introducing a brighter display with...
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iPhone 16 to Feature First A-Series Chip Designed Specifically for Standard Models

Monday September 25, 2023 6:14 am PDT by
The A17 chip designed for the iPhone 16 and ‌iPhone 16‌ Plus will be made using a fundamentally different manufacturing process to the A17 Pro in the iPhone 15 Pro to cut costs, according to a rumor that has now been clarified by a reliable source. A Weibo user who claims to be an integrated circuit expert with 25 years of experience working on Intel's Pentium processors was first to float the ...

The MacRumors Show: iPhone 15 Features We're Excited About and Should You Upgrade?

Friday September 22, 2023 9:55 am PDT by
On this week's episode of The MacRumors Show, we discuss Apple's new FineWoven accessories, some of our favorite iPhone 15 features, and who should consider upgrading. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos Apple's FineWoven material replaces leather across iPhone cases, AirTag accessories, and Apple Watch bands. Many early reviews of the FineWoven items have been negative,...
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Apple Watch Series 9 Colors and Finishes: Which Should You Choose?

Friday September 22, 2023 8:34 am PDT by
The Apple Watch Series 9 is available in a range of color options and finishes, with an entirely new hue available alongside some popular classics. The ‌Apple Watch Series 9‌ is available in a total of nine colors, one of which is a brand new shade, and two distinct finishes. With an aluminum casing, the ‌Apple Watch Series 9‌'s five available color options are: Pink Starlight Silver Midn...
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iPhone 15 vs. iPhone 15 Plus Buyer's Guide: 7 Differences Compared

Thursday September 21, 2023 3:40 am PDT by
Apple recently unveiled the iPhone 15 and ‌iPhone 15‌ Plus as the successors to the iPhone 14 and ‌iPhone 14‌ Plus, featuring the Dynamic Island, a 48-megapixel main camera, a USB-C port, and more. Following the discontinuation of its "mini" devices, this is the second time Apple has offered offering a standard model with a 6.7-inch display – a display size that used to be exclusive to the high-end ...
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iPhone 15 Plus vs. 15 Pro Max Buyer's Guide: 35+ Differences Compared

Wednesday September 20, 2023 6:50 am PDT by
The iPhone 15 Plus and iPhone 15 Pro Max are among Apple's newest iPhone models and follow 2022's iPhone 14 Plus and ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro Max. Now that Apple offers two iPhones with 6.7-inch displays, how different are the two larger models, and what exactly does upgrading to a "Pro" device offer? Last year, the biggest new differences between the ‌iPhone 14‌ and ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro were an always-on...
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Apple and Goldman Sachs Planned to Launch iPhone Stock Trading Feature Last Year

Wednesday September 20, 2023 5:55 am PDT by
Apple and Goldman Sachs planned to launch a built-in stock trading feature for the iPhone last year, CNBC reports. According to three individuals familiar with the matter talking to CNBC, the feature would have served as a rival to trading apps like Robinhood, allowing users to buy and sell stocks directly from their ‌iPhone‌ in a convenient way. One ability apparently pitched by executives...
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iPhone 15 Models Finally Show Battery's Cycle Count

Wednesday September 20, 2023 4:20 am PDT by
iPhone 15 users will be able to check their battery's cycle count for the first time, according to information shared on X (formerly Twitter). Previous methods to check an iPhone's battery cycle count were unofficial (via third-party apps) or complicated, such as copying and pasting analytics into Notes and searching for "last_value_CycleCount." According to a screenshot shared by @Tech_Reve,...
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iPhone 15 Pro vs. 15 Pro Max Buyer's Guide: 10 Differences Compared

Tuesday September 19, 2023 9:08 am PDT by
Apple recently unveiled the iPhone 15 Pro and ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ Max as the successors to the iPhone 14 Pro and ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro Max, featuring a new titanium design, an Action button, a USB-C port, the A17 Pro chip, and more. As Apple's premium flagship offerings, the ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ and ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ Max are the most fully-featured iPhones available. The ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ starts at $999 and the iPhone...
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iPhone 15 Reviews: A Major Upgrade for Standard Models

Tuesday September 19, 2023 6:34 am PDT by
Apple's new iPhone 15 and ‌iPhone‌ 15 Plus begin arriving to customers and launch in stores on Friday, September 22. Ahead of time, the first reviews of the devices have been shared by select media outlets and YouTube channels. Image via The Verge The ‌iPhone‌ 15 and ‌iPhone‌ 15 Plus offer a new design, the Dynamic Island, a USB-C port, the A16 Bionic chip, a 48-megapixel main camera, Smart HDR 5,...
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Apple Silicon's Next Big Upgrade Could Arrive in 2026

Tuesday September 19, 2023 4:49 am PDT by
Apple could upgrade to considerably more advanced 2-nanometer chip fabrication technology as soon as 2026, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a recent ims-8b3b9daea440">post on Medium, Kuo explained that Apple will likely begin to use TSMC's 2-nanometer chip fabrication technology to produce iPhone chips as early as 2026. The iPhone 15 Pro's A17 Pro chip is the industry's first...
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iPhone 15 Color Options: Which Did You Choose?

Monday September 18, 2023 8:12 am PDT by
The iPhone 15 models are available in a range of color options, with entirely new hues available on both sets of devices, as well as some popular classics. The ‌iPhone 15‌ and iPhone 15 Pro lineups have different colors to choose from, so if you have your heart set on a particular shade, you may not be able to get your preferred model in that color. This guide focuses on the ‌iPhone 15‌ models, but...
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Apple Watch Series 9 vs. Ultra 2 Buyer's Guide: 25 Differences Compared

Monday September 18, 2023 6:33 am PDT by
At its "Wonderlust" event in 2023, alongside the Apple Watch Series 9, Apple announced the Apple Watch Ultra 2. The Apple Watch Ultra is a relatively new kind of smartwatch from Apple with a focus on withstanding extreme environments, a high level of durability, extended battery life, and additional features to aid activities like diving and exploration. Both the ‌Apple Watch Series 9‌ and the ...
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iPhone 15 vs. iPhone 15 Pro Buyer's Guide: 35+ Differences Compared

Monday September 18, 2023 4:41 am PDT by
The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro are among Apple's newest iPhone models and follow last year's iPhone 14 and ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro, but how different are the two latest 6.1-inch ‌iPhone‌ models, and what exactly does a "Pro" device give you? Last year, the biggest new differences between the ‌iPhone 14‌ and ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro were always-on functionality, the Dynamic Island, three hours of battery life, and...
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iPhone 15 Pro Likely Feels Even Lighter Than It Really Is Due to Inertia Change

Sunday September 17, 2023 5:19 am PDT by
The iPhone 15 Pro likely feels considerably lighter than the iPhone 14 Pro, not just due to the switch from stainless steel to titanium, but also a change to the device's moment of inertia, according to calculations by Dr. Drang's LeanCrew blog. The ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ weighs 187g, a 9% reduction of the ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro's 206g weight. During its announcement, Apple highlighted that the new...