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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How to Watch Apple's WWDC 2023 Keynote on June 5

Wednesday May 31, 2023 2:27 pm PDT by
The 2023 Worldwide Developers Conference will take place the week of June 5 to June 9, and like the last three years, it will be an online event, although select developers and students will be invited to Apple Park. To kick things off, Apple holds a keynote event on the Monday to introduce new hardware and software, which is what makes it of interest to the general public. During the...
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xrOS: What to Expect From the Software Designed for Apple's AR/VR Headset

Monday May 29, 2023 1:59 pm PDT by
The Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple's annual developer and software-oriented conference, is now just a few days away. As with previous years, Apple is expected to introduce major updates to all of its operating systems, but unique to WWDC 2023, Apple is also very likely to unveil xrOS, the software that will run its much-rumored AR/VR mixed-reality headset. Here's everything we're...
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How to Automatically Toggle iPhone Orientation Lock for Specific Apps

Monday May 29, 2023 5:44 am PDT by
Tired of toggling your iPhone's Orientation Lock for certain apps? Keep reading to learn how you can make iOS do it for you automatically. In iOS, many apps display a different view when you rotate your iPhone from portrait to landscape orientation. Depending on the app and the way you use it, this behavior isn't always desirable, which is why Apple includes the Orientation Lock option in...
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Apple Prototyped MagSafe iPhone Chargers in Different Colors, Including Unreleased 'Magic Charger' Stand

Monday May 29, 2023 3:13 am PDT by
Apple has prototyped at least one colored version of its MagSafe Charger for iPhone, suggesting the company could potentially one day release a new version of the device in additional color options beyond the standard silver model. That's the claim made by Twitter account @KosutamiSan. According to the collector of rare Apple products, prototype information they obtained indicates that Apple ...
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How to Lock Individual and Group Conversations in WhatsApp With Chat Lock

Friday May 26, 2023 1:56 pm PDT by
WhatsApp in May 2023 introduced a new Chat Lock feature that allows you to secure select conversations in your inbox behind a passcode, fingerprint, or Face ID authentication. Keep reading to learn how it's done. Millions of users rely on WhatsApp as a means of privately and securely communicating with others, which is why the company's developers are continually seeking new ways to improve...
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Apple Stops Signing iOS 16.4.1 to Prevent Downgrading

Friday May 26, 2023 3:06 am PDT by
Following the launch of iOS 16.5 on May 18, Apple has stopped signing iOS 16.4.1, the previously available version of iOS. Now that iOS 16.4.1 is no longer being signed, iPhone users are prevented from downgrading to that software version. Apple routinely stops signing older versions of iOS after new releases come out to encourage customers to keep their operating systems up to date, so the...
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WhatsApp Usernames May Let You Keep Your Phone Number Private

Thursday May 25, 2023 7:07 am PDT by
WhatsApp appears to have a username feature in the works that could potentially provide people on the messaging service with an additional layer of privacy. As things stand, if someone wants to add you as a WhatsApp contact, you're required to share your phone number with them, even if they add you via the QR code method. That's how it's always worked in WhatsApp, but it looks as if...
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Former Apple Engineer's Mimestream Gmail Client for Mac Gets Official Launch, Free Beta Access to End Tomorrow

Thursday May 25, 2023 2:11 am PDT by
Mimestream, the Gmail client for macOS founded by former Apple Mail engineer Neil Jhaveri, this week ended more than two years of beta development with the official release of Mimestream 1.0. As a native app written in Swift and designed with AppKit and SwiftUI for a clean, stock appearance, Mimestream's UI will be familiar to many Apple Mail users, but the app is exclusively for accessing...
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Netflix Begins Crackdown on Password Sharing in US and UK

Wednesday May 24, 2023 6:25 am PDT by
Netflix is officially cracking down on password sharing in the United States and the United Kingdom, more than a year after it first announced the move. Netflix explained on its U.S. and U.K. websites how viewers who shared their account password to people outside their household would be affected, and what the additional costs would be if they still wanted to let out-of-household users...
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iPhone 15 to Support 15W Wireless Fast Charging Using Third-Party Chargers That Aren't MagSafe Certified

Wednesday May 24, 2023 3:46 am PDT by
Apple's upcoming iPhone 15 models will support 15W wireless fast charging even when using third-party chargers that are not MagSafe certified, claims a new rumor coming out of China. Apple's official MagSafe magnetic wireless charger or a third-party magnetic charger with official MFM (Made for MagSafe) certification are required to achieve 15W wireless fast charging on the iPhone 12, iPhone ...
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Samsung Announces Updated iMac-Style Smart Monitor M8 With HDR10+, Portrait Orientation, and New 27-Inch Model

Wednesday May 24, 2023 2:09 am PDT by
Samsung has announced its popular Smart Monitor M8 is getting an update for 2023, with a new 27-inch size joining the previous 32-inch option, and both 4K screens gaining HDR10+ support, a new portrait orientation, and more. Priced at $700 (32 inches) and $650 (27 inches), the M8 models house a 4K UHD flat LCD panel providing 400 nits of brightness, a 60Hz refresh rate (non variable), 99%...
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Samsung Unveils World's First OLED Display With Built-In Fingerprint and Blood Pressure Sensing

Tuesday May 23, 2023 4:52 am PDT by
Samsung Display has unveiled a new generation of OLED panel that it says can recognize fingerprints anywhere on the screen and even check the user's heart rate, blood pressure, and stress levels using multiple simultaneous finger readings. Samsung's 'Sensor OLED Display' at SID Display Week 2023 Usually, fingerprint sensors in smartphones are attached under the display panel as a separate...
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New 'Max' Streaming Service Launches, Replacing HBO Max

Tuesday May 23, 2023 2:56 am PDT by
Warner Bros. today launches its new "Max" streaming service that merges HBO Max and Discovery+ content, and the new rebranded app is already appearing on Apple devices and can be downloaded from the App Store. Announced last month, Max includes all HBO series and movies, Max Originals, and select series and movies from Warner Bros., the DC Universe, Cartoon Network, the Turner Library,...
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How to Edit Sent Messages in WhatsApp

Monday May 22, 2023 9:23 am PDT by
WhatsApp is rolling out a new ability for users to edit messages after they have been sent over the popular Meta-owned encrypted chat platform. Keep reading to learn how it works on iPhone and Android. It's been a long time coming, but WhatsApp has finally brought its much-anticipated sent-message editing feature to the chat service. When Apple released iOS 16, it introduced the ability...
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Some Apple Watch Users Complain of Odd Green Screen Tint Following watchOS 9.5 Update

Monday May 22, 2023 5:30 am PDT by
Since updating to watchOS 9.5, some Apple Watch owners have been noticing an unusual green tint to their watch display when accessing certain UI elements, based on complaints shared on Reddit and the MacRumors Forums. Image of green tint appearing on the left, from Redditor whosyourdaddy Almost all of the models affected are Apple Watch Series 8 and older devices, with earlier models...
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Facebook Fined Record $1.3 Billion Over EU User Data Transfers to the US

Monday May 22, 2023 3:44 am PDT by
Facebook owner Meta has been hit with a record $1.3 billion (€1.2 billion) fine by European Union regulators for mishandling user information, and has been ordered to suspend the transfer of data from users in the EU to the United States. The fine was issued by Ireland's Data Protection Commission, which regulates Facebook across the EU, after it ruled that the social network's data...
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Foxconn to Lose Top-Tier iPhone Assembly Allocation for First Time

Thursday May 18, 2023 4:19 am PDT by
In a blow to Foxconn, Apple is expected to hand key iPhone 16 production responsibilities to Luxshare, significantly boosting the supply chain partner's profit growth over the next two years, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In his latest fit-from-the-establishment-of-a-factory-89e382a980eb">Medium blog post, Kuo said Apple has already given Luxshare new product introduction (NPI)...
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Apple's Online Store Launches in Vietnam

Thursday May 18, 2023 2:42 am PDT by
After announcing last week that it would be launching its online store in Vietnam on May 18, the store has now gone live, opening up direct sales for Apple in a largely untapped market with significant growth potential. As in other countries, Apple's Vietnam online store offers a full range of Apple products and accessories, with shopping assistance from Apple Specialists, free no-contact...
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Apple to Mass Produce Its Own MicroLED Displays for iPhones

Thursday May 18, 2023 1:43 am PDT by
Apple will mass produce its own microLED displays in order to lessen its reliance on Samsung and increase its own control over supply, laying the groundwork to realize its ultimate goal of bringing the technology to iPhones, reports Nikkei Asia. According to the outlet's sources, Apple has spent at least $1 billion on microLED research and development over past decade, and once production...
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iPhone 15 Pro Max to Feature Rearranged Camera Layout to Accommodate Periscope Lens

Wednesday May 17, 2023 5:09 am PDT by
Apple is set to rearrange the layout of the rear triple-lens camera system on the iPhone 15 Pro Max to accommodate the new periscope camera technology that will be exclusive to the larger handset. iPhone 14 Pro camera layout. Arrows indicate swapped lens positions on iPhone 15 Pro Max. This year, a periscope lens system will be used for the telephoto camera in the iPhone 15 Pro Max for the...