Tim Hardwick

Tim is an Editor at MacRumors. His writing has appeared in over 30 newsstand print and online publications covering a range of topics. Originally from Liverpool, England, Tim can sometimes be found accessing a personal wi-fi hotspot on the Yorkshire Moors or from Edinburgh Castle.

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Russian Parliament Votes to Force US Tech Giants to Open Local Offices or Face Punitive Measures

Monday June 21, 2021 2:27 am PDT by
Apple and other U.S. tech companies could be forced to open offices in Russia or face punitive measures, as part of a push by Russia to improve its internet "sovereignty." Russian lawmakers passed legislation last week that requires foreign sites with more than half a million daily users in Russia to set up a local branch or Russian legal entity, reports Reuters: Websites that do not comply ...
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iOS Bug Causes Specific Network Name to Disable Wi-Fi on iPhones

Sunday June 20, 2021 4:15 am PDT by
A wireless network naming bug has been discovered in iOS that effectively disables an iPhone's ability to connect to Wi-Fi. Security researcher Carl Schou found that after joining a Wi-Fi network with the name "%p%s%s%s%s%n" his ‌iPhone‌'s Wi-Fi functionality was left "permanently disabled." Changing a hotspot's SSID did nothing to correct the problem, with even a reboot failing to make a...
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Fox Now App No Longer Supports Third-Generation Apple TV

Sunday June 20, 2021 3:43 am PDT by
The Fox Now app has removed support for the third-generation Apple TV, with the app now only compatible with fourth-generation and later models of Apple's set-top box. Existing installs of Fox Now on third-gen Apple TVs no longer work, and the app has been removed from home screens, preventing users on the older hardware from accessing Fox live and on-demand content like TV shows and sports. ...
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iOS 15: How to Rearrange and Delete Home Screen Pages

Friday June 18, 2021 3:51 pm PDT by
In iOS 14, Apple lets you disable individual Home Screen pages thanks to the App Library, which is available to keep your apps better organized. However, not everyone gets on with the App Library, and it's not possible to rearrange the order of your ‌‌Home Screen‌‌ pages, nor can you delete a page outright rather than merely disabling it. In ‌iOS 15‌, though, you ‌can do both. Here's how...
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iOS 15: How to Adjust the Date and Time of Photos

Friday June 18, 2021 10:46 am PDT by
In iOS 15, the Photos app has been given a significant update that includes a richer Info pane to view information about a photo in your library, such as the camera, lens, and shutter speed used, the file size of the image, and where the image came from if it was saved from within another app. In another notable addition, you can also edit the date and time when a photo was taken. Here's...
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Apple Maintains 5G Market Lead in Q1 2021 Despite Vivo and Samsung Gains

Thursday June 17, 2021 3:28 am PDT by
Apple shipped an estimated 40.4 million iPhone 12 devices during the first quarter of 2021, according to new data shared by Strategy Analytics. The figure suggests Apple has maintained its grip on the global 5G smartphone market, despite indicating a 23% dip compared to the fourth quarter of 2020, when Apple shipped 52.2 million units. Apple enjoyed booming sales in the 5G market in the...
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iOS 15: How to Get Notified If You Leave an AirTag or Apple Device Behind

Thursday June 17, 2021 2:03 am PDT by
In iOS 15, Apple has added separation alerts to the Find My app, which let you know when you leave an AirTag or other Apple device behind. Separation alerts also support Find My-enabled third-party accessories. This article explains how you set them up. Called "Notify When Left Behind," the new ‌Find My‌ separation alerts let you know every time you are separated from your item at an unknown...
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Facebook to Launch Podcast Publishing Platform Next Week

Thursday June 17, 2021 12:28 am PDT by
Following in the footsteps of Apple and Spotify, Facebook will launch its own podcast platform offering next week, based on emails seen by The Verge. According to the messages, which were sent to podcast page owners, Facebook will roll out the podcast service on June 22, and content creators will be able to link their show's RSS feed to Facebook, which will generate News Feed posts for all...
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iOS 15 Tidbits: Per-App Settings, Notification Summaries, New Calendar Widget, and More

Wednesday June 16, 2021 6:22 am PDT by
We've highlighted several new features coming in iOS 15, like the return of the text cursor magnifier and the ability to rearrange Home Screen pages, but additional tidbits continue to surface that we think readers will find noteworthy. Per-App Accessibility Settings Last week, we highlighted a new Control Center option that lets you set the text size for individual apps. But per-app...
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Twitter May Let You 'Unmention' Yourself in Tweets and Prevent People Tagging You in Future Replies

Wednesday June 16, 2021 2:26 am PDT by
Twitter is considering offering users the ability to "unmention" themselves in other people's tweets as part of a wider privacy drive for the social media platform. The early concept has been shared by Twitter designed Dominic Camozzi, who says the idea behind it is to help users control unwanted attention. An example image shows a notification when the user has been mentioned in a tweet, ...
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Disney+ Won't Offer a Cheaper Ad-Supported Plan Anytime Soon

Wednesday June 16, 2021 1:23 am PDT by
With the popularity of Disney+ showing no signs of abating, Disney is satisfied with its paid subscriber model and has no plans to introduce a cheaper ad-supported tier anytime soon. That was the take-home message from Disney CEO Bob Chapek when asked about the possibility of a cheaper plan offering for its video streaming service, according to The Verge. Speaking at the Credit Suisse 23rd...
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iOS 15: How to Block Background Noise in FaceTime With Voice Isolation

Tuesday June 15, 2021 3:31 pm PDT by
In iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, Apple has made its FaceTime video calling platform more appealing with several new features that aim to make it a viable alternative to rival video conferencing apps. However, one of these features, called Voice Isolation, can also be used with third-party apps like WhatsApp and Teams to make it easier for people hear your voice on a video call. When you're on a...
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iOS 15: How to Use Background Sounds to Minimize Distractions and Stay Focused

Tuesday June 15, 2021 2:41 pm PDT by
In iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, one of several new accessibility features that Apple has introduced is Background Sounds, which is designed to help you stay focused, stay calm, and minimize distractions with the help of your iPhone or iPad. The Background Sounds on offer include balanced, bright, and dark noise, as well as natural sounds like ocean, rain, and stream. All of the sounds can be set to ...
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iPadOS 15: Files App Gains NTFS Support, Progress Indicator, and More

Tuesday June 15, 2021 3:41 am PDT by
Apple in iPadOS 15 has added the ability to access NTFS-formatted media from within the Files app. The additional support for the Windows-related format, first discovered by YouTuber Steven Fjordstrøm, is read-only, so like on macOS you can't modify files stored on NTFS devices, but you can at least copy any data on them for working on elsewhere on your iPad. The Files app has also gotten a...
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Tim Cook Highlights Apple's iOS 15 Privacy Protections in New Video for European Audiences

Tuesday June 15, 2021 2:11 am PDT by
Apple has published a new video to its official regional YouTube channels for European countries that focuses specifically on the new privacy features coming with iOS 15 and iPadOS 15. The video, simply titled "Privacy," opens with CEO Tim Cook speaking to the camera and explaining Apple's long-standing stance on the topic: At Apple, we believe privacy is a fundamental human right. We work ...
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Latest Apple Music Beta for Android Adds Spatial and Lossless Audio

Tuesday June 15, 2021 12:44 am PDT by
When Apple last week launched Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio for Apple Music, it said that the new features would be "coming soon" to Android. Now, the company has released a new ‌Apple Music‌ beta for the rival mobile platform that brings support for both features. As per the changelog for the release, spotted by 9to5Google: In this update, ‌Apple Music‌ adds spatial listening on compatible...
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iOS 15: How to Invite Android Users to a FaceTime Call

Monday June 14, 2021 11:25 pm PDT by
In iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, you can enable anyone, even if they don't have an Apple device, to join a FaceTime call with you by creating a link to a ‌FaceTime‌ conversation that can be shared anywhere. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Using this new link facility, friends and family members who do not have an Apple account can log into a ‌FaceTime‌ call with you using a...
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Bloomberg: Apple Watch Series 7 to Feature Thinner Screen Bezels, Faster Processor, and Updated Ultra Wideband Tech

Monday June 14, 2021 3:41 am PDT by
This year's Apple Watch Series 7 is likely to have thinner display bezels and use a new lamination technique that brings the display closer to the front cover, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. From the report: The Cupertino, California-based tech giant is planning to refresh the line this year -- with a model likely dubbed the Apple Watch Series 7 -- by adding a faster processor,...
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iOS 15 Photos App Tells You Which Apps Saved Images Originated From

Monday June 14, 2021 1:59 am PDT by
In iOS 15, Apple has made some welcome improvements to the Photos app, such as the ability to see the EXIF data for a photo. The latter feature is accessed via a new "Info" button, which also brings up a caption field for the selected photo, the location where the photo was taken, and any Look Up information available. In addition to the above, the Info button will also tell you which app on ...
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HomePod Now Sold Out on Apple's US Online Store

Monday June 14, 2021 12:18 am PDT by
Apple's warehouse stock of the original discontinued HomePod appears to have been exhausted in the United States. As of Monday morning, the delivery option for the full-sized ‌HomePod‌ on Apple's online store is listed as "sold out" in both black and white. Up until recently, the black model was sold out in the U.S. but the white color was available for delivery "while stocks last." That's...