Tim Hardwick

Tim is a Contributing 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.



How to Take a Screenshot on Your iPad

Knowing how to take a screenshot on your iPad can come in handy for all sorts of reasons. Whether you want to capture a snapshot of video, or give someone a preview of a project you're working on, taking a picture of your screen is extremely easy to do. The following method works for all iPads with a Home button, so that's iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pro (2017 models and earlier). If your iPad doesn't have a Home button – if it's a 2018 iPad Pro, for example – the way to take screenshots is a little different, as explained here. To capture a screenshot, press and hold the Sleep/Wake (on/off) button on the top of your iPad and quickly click the front-facing Home button at the bottom of the screen, then release both buttons. Pressing the Sleep/Wake button first reduces the chance of accidentally activating Siri, but once you get the knack of taking a screenshot, you can press both buttons at the same time. You'll know straight away if you've successfully taken a screenshot: your iPad's screen will flash briefly, and if the audio is enabled, you'll hear a camera shutter sound. You'll also see the screenshot shrink into the bottom-left corner of the screen. If you do nothing, the captured shot will slide out of view after a few seconds and be saved to your Camera Roll in the Photos app. However if you tap the shot, you'll enter Instant Markup mode, where you can crop the shot, annotate it with writing tools, share it, or delete it. For more information on using Instant Markup mode, click here

How to Take iPad Screenshots Using Keyboard Shortcuts

Many iPad owners know how to take a screenshot using the device's physical buttons, but many iPad owners using connected keyboards may not realize that they can also use keyboard shortcuts that make capturing screenshots even easier. Apple has brought its macOS screenshot shortcuts to iOS, so if you often make screen captures on your Mac then you'll already know the following keyboard shortcuts. Bear in mind that you'll need an iPad-compatible keyboard like Apple's Smart Keyboard or a third-party Bluetooth keyboard to perform them. Command-Shift-3 Pressing these keys together will capture a photo of whatever is on your iPad's screen and then automatically save it to your Camera Roll in the Photo app. Command-Shift-4 Pressing these keys in combination will take a screenshot and then open said screenshot in Instant Markup, allowing you to annotate the image, crop it, share it, and more. For further help on using the various tools available to you in iOS Instant Markup, check out our dedicated guide.

Google Pixel 4 Leaks Suggest Punch-Hole Selfie Camera and Total Lack of Physical Buttons

Google may have only just announced its Pixel 3a and 3a XL smartphones, but rumors about this year's forthcoming Pixel 4 are already appearing, and the latest alleged leak suggests the search giant's redesigned handset will lack physical buttons. MacRumors render of Pixel 4 based on leaks This information has been shared by Jon Prosser's Front Page Tech YouTube channel, which last year was the source of several accurate details about the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL over a month before they launched, and also confirmed the Pixel 3a devices' existence before they were formally announced. According to Prosser's source, the Pixel 4 will use capacitive touch areas on the sides of the aluminum handset in lieu of clickable physical power and volume buttons. Prosser suggests these touch-sensitive areas may use an extended version of Google's existing Active Edge technology currently found in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 that lets users squeeze their phone to launch Google Assistant or silence incoming calls and notifications. In addition, Prosser's source corroborates other recent rumors, including the presence of punch-hole front cameras embedded in the display – akin to those seen in Samsung's Galaxy 10 Plus and other smartphones this year – and either an optical or ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor. The rear of the device is expected to feature a new dual-lens camera setup including either a telephoto zoom or super-wide-angle sensor, and they may be aligned horizontally in the upper left corner of the handset rather than the more typical vertical orientation

How to Use Find My iPhone

Find My iPhone is a free service provided by Apple that allows you to locate stolen, lost or misplaced Apple devices, including iPads, AirPods, Apple Watches, Macs, and of course, iPhones. This article explains how to use Find My iPhone, but before we go any further, you need to set up the iCloud-based service on all of your devices. The following steps show you how to set up Find My iPhone on iOS devices and Macs. How to set up Find My iPhone on iOS Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap the banner with your name in it at the top of the screen. Tap iCloud. Scroll to the bottom and tap Find My iPhone. Tap the toggle switch to turn on Find My iPhone and Send Last Location. How to set up Find My iPhone on Mac Click the Apple () symbol in the menu bar at the top-left corner of the screen and select System Preferences.... Click the iCloud icon in the preference panel. Check the box next to Find My Mac.If you see a Details button next to Find My Mac, select Details -> Open Security & Privacy -> Enable Location Services. If Enable Location Services is dimmed in Security & Privacy preferences, click and enter your administrator name and password. How to Use Find My iPhone The Find My iPhone app is available by default on all new iOS devices, but if you've deleted it, you need to download the free app from the App Store. From there, launch the Find My iPhone app and then sign in with the Apple ID you use for iCloud. (If the iOS device that you've lost or misplaced is the only one you own, you can log in to Find My iPhone on a Mac or PC instead

Instagram to Scrap Standalone 'Direct' Messaging App

Direct for Instagram, the companion direct messaging app for the photo-sharing social media platform, is being killed off by Instagram in the next few weeks. First spotted by social media commentator Matt Navarra, this news was delivered to users of Direct for Instagram via an in-app notification, which informed them that the standalone app is "going away" and that their conversations would be transferred to Instagram proper. In the coming month, we'll no longer be supporting the Direct app. Your conversations will automatically move over to Instagram, so you don't need to do anything. Confirmed: Instagram is killing its standalone Direct Messaging app pic.twitter.com/owt2gXtfCE— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) May 16, 2019 Direct was released in December 2017 as a Snapchat-style app with a camera-first focus, allowing Instagram users to message friends with "fun" photos, videos, and boomerangs. Users who installed Direct had their DM inbox removed from the regular Instagram app to encourage them to use the break-out app for all messaging on the social platform. "We want Instagram to be a place for all of your moments, and private sharing with close friends is a big part of that," the Facebook-owned company said at the time. "To make it easier and more fun for people to connect in this way, we are beginning to test Direct – a camera-first app that connects seamlessly back to Instagram." Direct was initially rolled out to Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey and Uruguay, but Instagram never gave the app a global release, which is perhaps testament to the fact

How to Use Find My iPhone on Mac or PC

Find My iPhone is an iCloud feature that allows you to locate lost or misplaced Apple devices, including iPads, AirPods, Apple Watches, Macs, and of course, iPhones. Because it works via iCloud, Find My iPhone can be accessed by logging in to your iCloud account using a web browser on any Mac or PC. The following steps guide you through the process. Launch a web browser on your computer and navigate to www.icloud.com. Log in to your iCloud account by entering your Apple ID and password into the related fields. If you're using two-factor authentication, confirm the login by entering the verification code sent to your trusted device. If you're using your own computer, you can opt to Trust the browser so you don't have to enter a verification code again. If it's a public computer you're using, click Don't Trust. Once you're logged in, click the Find My iPhone icon. For security reasons, you may be asked to enter your password again. Wait a moment while Find My iPhone locates your device(s).At this point, you should see a map that you can view in Standard, Satellite, or Hybrid mode by clicking the options in the bottom right corner of the browser window. The green dots on the map represent Apple devices located by Find My iPhone that are powered on and signed into your iCloud account via a Wi-Fi or cellular network. Click on the dots to center the map on a particular device, then click the information (circled 'i') icon to bring up the device's options panel. Alternately, click All Devices at the top of the map to choose a device from the dropdown

How to Uninstall Apps on Your Mac

Occasionally you might install an app on your Mac and later find that it's not for you, in which case you'll want to remove it. Likewise, if you've come up against the limits of your drive's storage capacity, you can uninstall non-essential apps to free up space. Some third-party apps include an executable uninstaller in the app's folder that will completely remove the app from your system in just a couple of clicks. If the app doesn't have an uninstaller, the most straightforward way to uninstall an app in macOS is as follows: Open a Finder window by clicking the Finder icon in the Dock. Click Applications in the Finder sidebar. Drag the app in question from the Applications folder to the Trash at the rightmost end of the Dock.Uninstalling Apps Using Launchpad If you've removed apps from an iPhone or iPad before, you'll find that the Launchpad can be used to uninstall Mac apps downloaded from the App Store in a similar way. Simply click and hold an app icon until all the apps start to jiggle, then click the app's Delete button (the circled X next to its icon). Note that if an app doesn't have a Delete button, it can't be uninstalled in Launchpad. Third-party Uninstallers There are several third-party utilities available for Mac that specialize in removing other apps, such as App Cleaner & Uninstaller, AppZapper, CleanMyMac X, AppDelete, and Trash Me. These utilities can be more efficient at weeding out redundant caches and preference files associated with the app that you want to remove, and often wipe away more app-related cruft than is possible

How to Change the Name of Your iPhone

When you set up a new iPhone, iOS gives the handset a generic name that includes the first name of the owner – "Tim's iPhone," for example. This default name is used for identifying the device when you plug it into a computer, when someone wants to AirDrop file to you, or when you set up a Personal Hotspot. But there are good reasons why you might want to change it. If the iOS network settings are ever reset, the phone's name is changed to "iPhone," making it harder to identify amongst a list of surrounding devices. Or maybe the handset you're using still has the name of the previous owner. Perhaps you just want to give your iPhone a recognizable but less personally identifying moniker for privacy reasons. Whatever the reason, here's how to change the name of your iPhone (the following steps will work for iPads, too). Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap General. Tap About. Tap Name. Enter the name that you'd like your iOS device to take. Tap Done.The name of your iPhone has now been changed, so you should see the change reflected wherever your device's name is

'Alexa Guard' Security Feature Rolls Out to Amazon Echo Devices in the US

Amazon announced this morning that Alexa Guard is now rolling out to all Echo device owners in the U.S. The free feature update, which has been trialed by a select few over the last few months, turns Echo speakers into security devices when no-one's home by allowing them to listen for key sounds indicating danger or intrusion. Users need to say "Alexa, I'm leaving" to set Alexa Guard to Away mode, after which the device will listen for sounds like breaking glass and the sound of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. According to TechCrunch, Amazon has worked with licensed contractors to break hundreds of different glass windows with different instruments in order to create a wide range of different sounds for Alexa to listen for. Upon detecting an ominous sound, Alexa sends the owner Smart Alerts via phone notifications. Users can also play the detected sound from the Alexa mobile app or Drop In on their Echo device remotely to find out what's happening. Alexa can arm a Ring or ADT security system, with the user able to choose to forward Smart Alerts they receive to Ring or ADT. Users with Away Lighting can also use the alert to turn on lights so as to make it look like they're actually home. For more details about Alexa Guard, check out Amazon's FAQ.

Vodafone to Switch on UK's First 5G Network on July 3, 2019

Vodafone on Tuesday said it will switch on its 5G network in the United Kingdom on July 3, 2019, making it the first carrier to announce a firm date for the launch of the next-generation cellular technology in the country. Seven cities will get 5G coverage at launch, including Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and London. The rollout will extend by the end of the year to Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Newbury, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington and Wolverhampton. In a press release on its site, Vodafone said it will price 5G the same as 4G for both consumers and business customers, while a choice of 5G smartphones will be available to buy online or in Vodafone stores over the summer. They will include the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G, the Samsung S10 5G and Huawei Mate 20 X (5G), and the Huawei Mate X (5G). The company will also offer a 5G router for use in the home and office to give customers without a fixed line connection high-speed broadband access. Vodafone said it will also offer 5G roaming in the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain over the summer. Vodafone UK CEO Nick Jeffery said: "We started our 5G journey more than three years ago. We led the way in setting 5G standards to ensure phones and networks work well together. We upgraded our masts to be able to take 5G without disruption. And we were the first UK company to test 5G over our all-fibre core fixed and mobile network. "This is important. It means we can today announce the largest launch of 5G in the UK and be the first to

Adobe Sends Out First Beta Invites for Photoshop CC for iPad

Adobe is now accepting applications to a beta version of its forthcoming Photoshop CC for iPad app, due to be released later this year. The company has been sending out emails to Creative Cloud subscribers since Monday, inviting them to apply for the beta program and be among the first to try "Photoshop for the small screen." CC customers who click the link in the email are sent to a Google Forms signup page where they're asked to enter their name, email address, and offer a brief explanation as to why they're interested in testing the beta. First announced at Adobe's MAX 2018 conference, Photoshop CC for iPad aims to provide an equivalent experience to using Photoshop on desktop, bringing its most professional features to a touchscreen interface specially designed for Apple's flagship tablet line-up. Photoshop users will be able to open and edit native PSD files right on the iPad using standard Photoshop image editing tools, including support for layers. Photoshop on iPad will look similar to Photoshop on the desktop, with all of the same toolbar options. The iPad version of the app will allow projects started on the iPad to be transitioned seamlessly to the desktop and vice versa. According to Adobe, Photoshop for iPad uses the same code base as its desktop counterpart with no compromises on power, performance, or editing results. (Thanks, Onujpt!)

Spotify Tests Snapchat-Style Stories Feature Called 'Storyline' Offering Additional Artist Content

Spotify is testing its own version of Snapchat/Instagram-style Stories, reports TechCrunch. The short-form sharing format now ubiquitous across social media platforms is to be called "Storyline" on the music streaming service, and enables artists to share their inspirations, insights, and provide further details about their work and creative process. The format is being compared to Spotify's "Behind the Lyrics" feature which uses pop-up cards that load concurrently with the music, except users tap through different Storyline screens at their own pace and see segmented lines at the top of the screen to indicate how many slices of the story remain ahead of them. A Spotify spokesperson told TechCrunch that Storyline is still in testing in the U.S. and in other markets on both iOS and Android, but there's no sign of it on desktop and no other details on a possible global rollout are available at this time. Users participating in the test will see an indicator at the bottom of Spotify's player interface that alerts them to the additional content, which can include lyrics, text and images, and users can swipe up on the screen to reveal the story and start tapping through it. The Storyline feature was first picked up on Reddit and covered by Android Police.

Waze App for iOS Gains Pandora Music Streaming Support

Google-owned mapping app Waze has been updated with support for Pandora music streaming, as revealed in a blog post on the Pandora website. The update means Pandora listeners on both iOS and Android can stream songs directly from within the Waze app using its embedded audio player, allowing drivers to navigate and listen to their music without leaving the app. The integration also works both ways, so once users connect Pandora and Waze on their device, the next Waze navigational direction also appears within the official Pandora app. To connect the two apps, simply click the music icon on the top right corner of the Waze app interface, select the Pandora icon, and start streaming your music. Waze can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Procreate Pocket 3 for iPhone Brings Feature Parity With Popular iPad Drawing App

Procreate Pocket 3 was released today, bringing several new features to the iPhone version of the acclaimed iPad illustration app. This latest version aims to bring the full artistic power of Procreate from your iPad to your pocket, with an overhaul of the user interface allowing the introduction of iPad app-originating tools, without taking the focus away from the canvas. To this end, Procreate's QuickShape feature does away with the need for complex menus and tool swapping when creating geometric shapes. Instead, users can draw any shape and watch it ‘snap’ to ideal lines, forming squares, rectangles, circles, triangles, and polygons. In addition to QuickShape, iPhone users can take advantage of improved typography tools, 2D and isometric drawing guides, liquify Dynamics, Warp and Distort tools, which allow users to apple up to 16 nodes to any given part of the canvas. This iteration also brings new Layer Export options, animated GIF capabilities, Crop and Resize, Clipping Masks, QuickMenu, Gallery Preview, Shape Selections, Feather, Transform Interpolation, and Brush Set import and export. New Layer Export options include the ability to export layers as a folder of web-ready PNG files, multiple pages in a PDF, or frames of an animated GIF, PNG or MP4. This Procreate Pocket update is free to existing users, and costs $7.99 on the App Store for new customers. [Direct Link

How to Enhance Siri Requests in iOS By Adding Your Personal Contact Details

If you add your personal contact information to your iPhone or iPad, it allows Siri to carry out more complex queries and offer better suggestions, such as giving you directions home or reminding you about your scheduled meeting when you arrive at the office. For best results, you need to make sure your self-identifying contact card – called My Card in the Contacts app – includes sufficient information about you. Your iPhone or iPad should use your Apple ID to create your contact card, but you may need to provide additional details like your name and address to complete it. To do so, open the Contacts app on your device and tap My Card at the top of your contacts list, then tap Edit and enter your information – you can insert additional fields as desired using the plus buttons. If you don't see My Card, tap the Add button and enter your info, then return to your device's Home screen and follow the steps below. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. Scroll down and tap Contacts. Tap My Info. Select your name in the contacts list that appears. Next, tap Siri & Search. Make sure the toggle next to Siri & Suggestions is in the green ON position.If you like, you can enable these personalized Siri Suggestions on your iPhone's lock screen – just make sure the toggle next to Allow on Lock Screen is also in the green ON position. You can also enhance Siri's responses by establishing relationships between your familial contacts. Click here to learn how

Epic Strategy Classic 'Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion' Released on iPhone

Feral Interactive today announced that Barbarian Invasion, the standalone expansion for the acclaimed historical strategy game ROME: Total War, is out now on iPhone. Originally developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA for Windows PC, Barbarian Invasion was previously brought to iPad by Feral. Barbarian Invasion takes place in 363AD during the height of the Roman Empire, when the Barbarian hordes began fighting back against Roman supremacy in an attempt to reclaim lost territory. Players can choose to take on the role of a Barbarian commander determined to bring down the Empire, or take up arms as a Roman General and fight to extend the civilization into a new age. Woven into the historical narrative are clashes with Christian, Pagan, and Zoroastrian religions, along with a new Horde mechanic that commands factions to raid and plunder opposing settlements to sustain their nomadic lifestyle. Barbarian Invasion requires an iPhone 5s or later, iOS 12, and 4GB of free space to install. The full list of supported iPhones is as follows: iPhone 5S, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 6S/6S Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS/XS Max, iPhone XR, and iPod Touch (6th Generation). Barbarian Invasion for iPhone is available from the App Store for $4.99 (£4.99 / 5.49 euros). It's a universal app, so players who have previously purchased the game on iPad will be able to install it on their iPhone at no additional cost, and transfer their save games.

2019 OLED iPhone Case Renders Mirror Leaked Design

Third-party case renders for Apple's 2019 OLED iPhone lineup appeared on Slashleaks this morning. The images match previous alleged leaks suggesting the successor devices to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will feature rear triple-lens cameras in a triangular array and housed within a square bump. Case manufacturers often create renders of iPhones ahead of their debut in order to be the first to come out with accessories for the newly launched devices. These kinds of leaks are often accurate because there's a lot of money at stake, but that's not to say there can sometimes be costly errors. These case images come with no accompanying information, so there's no way to know for sure whether or not the design accurately portrays what Apple's 2019 OLED iPhones will look like. However, The Wall Street Journal has confirmed that Apple is planning on introducing a triple-lens camera system in at least one of the new iPhones coming this year. In addition, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said both the 5.8 and 6.5-inch OLED iPhones will feature triple-lens rear camera setups with a 12-megapixel telephoto lens, a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 12-megapixel super wide-angle lens. We don't yet know what Apple will call the new iPhones, but "iPhone XI" or "iPhone 11" are possibilities for the iPhone XS successors.

Latest Renders of 2019 iPhone XR Show Dual-Lens Cameras in Rear Glass-Integrated Square Bump

In partnership with Pricebaba.com, @Onleaks today released a series of high-quality renders of the next-generation iPhone XR expected to launch this coming September. The renders are based on rumors and alleged leaks regarding the device's outward design. The iPhone XR successor depicted in the renders could easily be mistaken for last year's iPhone XR, if it wasn't for the addition of the dual-lens cameras, arranged vertically with the LED flash on the right and housed in a large square bump. According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the 6.1-inch iPhone XR successor is said to feature a dual-lens rear camera setup rather than a triple-lens setup, which will be exclusive to the next-generation iPhone XS and XS Max models. Renders of the latter 2019 devices have included a square bump housing the three lenses, but this is the first time we've seen the same controversial housing for the upcoming dual-lens iPhone XR. All three of the front-facing cameras in the 2019 iPhones are expected to be 12 megapixels, up from 7 megapixels in the 2018 models. While some rumors suggest Apple may go with an all OLED lineup, doing away with the LCD displays of the iPhone XR, other rumors believe Apple will stick with its Liquid Retina LCD display because of the high price of OLED displays. All 2019 iPhones are likely to adopt upgraded A13 chips from TSMC, Apple's chip supplier. The A13, like all chip upgrades, should bring performance and efficiency improvements. As for dimensions, OnLeaks suggests the iPhone XR 2019 will measure 150.9 x 76.1 x 7.8mm, with the camera

Apple Finalizes List of Locations for First Retail Store in India

Apple has finalized a list of locations for its first retail store in India, according to sources who spoke to Bloomberg. The vetted locations are said to include several upscale sites in Mumbai that are comparable to iconic Apple stores on Fifth Avenue in New York, Regent Street in London, or the Champs-Elysees in Paris. A final decision on the plans is expected to come "in the next few weeks," said Bloomberg's sources. In the Indian market, Apple ranks 11th and accounts for just one percent of India's phone sales, selling fewer than one million iPhones during the first half of 2018. Comparatively, rival smartphone maker Xiaomi sold "more than 19 million" during that period, according to data gathered by Counterpoint Research. In an effort to revamp the company's presence in India, Apple CEO Tim Cook is believed to be working behind-the-scenes to "remold Apple's failing India strategy," according to both current and former Apple employees who spoke to Bloomberg. This strategy includes better and longer-lasting retail deals with higher sales targets, the opening of official Apple retail stores in India, "overhauling" the company's relationship with independent retailers, and improving apps and services "aimed more closely at Indians." For retail, the official Apple stores are said to open in 2019 and will eventually include locations in New Delhi, Bengaluru, and Mumbai. While the Indian government's rules for foreign companies opening shops have previously prevented Apple from launching local stores, the company now builds some of its iPhone SE and

Apple Pay Launches in Iceland

Apple Pay arrived unexpectedly in Iceland today, allowing bank customers to use Apple's mobile payment system for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch wherever they see the contactless logo. Apple Pay support surprisingly landed this morning in Iceland. Velkominn! 🇮🇸❤️ #ApplePay #Iceland pic.twitter.com/tKVYm2HL09— DARIO KOROLIJA (@korolijadario) May 8, 2019 International payment solutions company Valitor is said to have played a key role in bringing Apple Pay to the country, with Landsbankinn and Arion banki among the first Icelandic banks to announce support for the digital wallet. As to which country will get the next Apple Pay rollout, it's currently a toss-up between The Netherlands and Portugal, where regional banks have teased that Apple's contactless payment system is "coming soon." Apple Pay first launched in the United States in October 2014 and is also available in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Japan, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Russia, New Zealand, Brazil, Poland, Ireland, Ukraine, and the United Arab Emirates. Apple CEO Tim Cook said in March that Apple Pay will be available in more than 40 countries and regions by the end of 2019.