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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Halide's New Feature Lets You Take Virtual Telephoto Shots on Non-Pro iPhones

Thursday February 9, 2023 1:51 am PST by
iPhone 14 Pro models feature a telephoto camera lens with 3x optical zoom, allowing users to take close-up photos of far-away objects without compromising quality. Such telephoto features are limited to Apple's Pro models, but thanks the latest update to popular third-party camera app Halide, users with non-Pro iPhones can now also get in on the action. Halide 2.11 comes with a new...
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How to Lock Chrome Incognito Tabs With Face ID on iPhone and iPad

Wednesday February 8, 2023 1:19 pm PST by
Looking to keep your mobile browsing in Google Chrome private and secure? Keep reading to learn how to lock your Incognito tabs behind Face ID (or Touch ID) on iPhone and iPad. Whatever you think of it, Chrome remains one of the most popular browsers on ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌, which is why Google continues to work on new features to differentiate it from Apple's Safari. With this in mind, one of...
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Apple to Re-Release Revamped HomeKit Architecture in iOS 16.4

Wednesday February 8, 2023 5:16 am PST by
Apple in its upcoming iOS 16.4 update will re-introduce the revamped HomeKit architecture it originally pulled in December due to widespread issues, MacRumors can confirm. Backend code indicates that Apple is ready to re-introduce the updated Home architecture that was released with the iOS 16.2 update, only to be pulled a week after launch because of bugs and installation issues. At the...
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iPhone 14 Pro Over 20% Faster Than Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra in Benchmarks

Wednesday February 8, 2023 2:22 am PST by
Samsung's newly announced Galaxy S23 Ultra hasn't quite hit the market yet, but unearthed benchmarks for the device suggest Apple still has the world's fastest mobile processor by a considerable margin. According to Geekbench scores for single-core performance discovered by CompareDial, the Galaxy S23 Ultra scored 1480, while its closest rival, the iPhone 14 Pro, achieved 1874. That suggests ...
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How to Change Your iPhone Wallpaper With a Tap of the Lock Screen

Tuesday February 7, 2023 1:41 pm PST by
With the release of iOS 16, Apple introduced some major changes to the Lock Screen experience, including the ability for users to make their iPhone wallpaper shuffle between a pre-selected set of photos with a simple tap of the screen. Using the Photo Shuffle option, you can include different categories of photos to tap through, including people, pets, nature, and cities. Or if you want, you ...
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'iPhone Ultra' Concept Envisions Apple's Rumored Future Top-Tier Smartphone

Tuesday February 7, 2023 5:38 am PST by
Apple has reportedly considered releasing a new top-of-the-line iPhone alongside future Pro and Pro Max models, tentatively referred to as "iPhone Ultra," and one designer has taken it upon himself to envision what such a device could potentially look like. German industrial designer Jonas Daehnert came up with this impressive-looking concept (pictured) by marrying design elements of the...
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Apple to Hold In-Person Annual 'AI Summit' for Employees at Steve Jobs Theater

Tuesday February 7, 2023 4:08 am PST by
Apple will hold its annual AI summit for employees next week at Steve Jobs Theater, the first fully live in-person event at the company's Apple Park headquarters since the pre-COVID era. The summit is similar to Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, but for employees only, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, who shared news of the scheduled event in a tweet. As well as inviting staff ...
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WhatsApp Announces Slew of New Status Update Features

Tuesday February 7, 2023 1:42 am PST by
WhatsApp has announced some new features for Status Updates, which allow users to share ephemeral updates with friends and close contacts on the popular encrypted chat platform. First up is Private Audience Selector, which allows users to choose who views their status updates. This isn't technically new, since users are already able to control who sees their status updates when sharing them, ...
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Microsoft Investigating Outlook Outage Affecting Users in the United States [Update: Fixed]

Tuesday February 7, 2023 1:24 am PST by
Update: Microsoft says that it has "applied mitigation throughout the affected infrastructure, and we're starting to see gradual recovery," although there are still some sporadic reports of issues accessing email. Update 2: Microsoft now says "availability is at 99.9%, with full restoration almost complete." Microsoft says it is investigating a problem with its Outlook email service...
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Apple Cuts iPhone 14 Pro Prices in China by Up to $118 in Rare Sales Push

Monday February 6, 2023 3:57 am PST by
Apple has cut the price of its latest high-end iPhones in China in an apparent attempt to offset dwindling demand in the country (via Bloomberg). Apple merchant JD.com, China's second-largest e-commerce platform, is among the retailers that have taken 800 yuan ($118) off iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models in the last few days. State carrier China Mobile has also slashed its prices for the...
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LG Adds Apple TV, Apple Music, and Other Apple Features to webOS TVs

Monday February 6, 2023 1:55 am PST by
LG has added a number of Apple apps and features to other-branded televisions running its webOS Hub across more than 100 countries and regions worldwide, the company has announced. On compatible smart TVs that are based on the webOS Hub ecosystem, users will be able to access the Apple TV app and Apple Music, as well as connect to AirPlay and HomeKit devices, without having to link up an...
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How to Make an Image-Converting Folder in macOS

Monday February 6, 2023 1:15 am PST by
In macOS, you can easily convert the format of images using a Quick Action in Finder or you can achieve the same thing via the Preview app, but if your daily workflow requires you to repeatedly convert images – for uploading to a blog, for example – then using a Folder Action can be a much faster way of getting the job done. In this article, we'll show you how to use the macOS Automator...
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Got a New HomePod? Here's Everything You Need to Know

Friday February 3, 2023 6:03 am PST by
Have you picked up a new HomePod? Perhaps it's your first. Then it might surprise you that Apple doesn't include an extensive manual in the box. That's why we've compiled this list of how-to articles to help you make the most of your new smart speaker. Below, you'll find help on how to set up your new ‌HomePod‌ and master the basic controls, as well as how to get the best out of the many...
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Apple Pay to Launch in South Korea This Year Following Regulator Approval

Friday February 3, 2023 2:30 am PST by
After years of discussions with local authorities, Apple Pay in South Korea has been approved by the financial regulator, paving the way for the mobile payment system to launch in the first half of this year (via The Korea Herald). "Having taken into consideration relevant rules and regulations and their interpretations, we confirm that credit card companies can push for the introduction of...
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How to Keep HomePod Volume Level Consistent for Music and Podcasts

Friday February 3, 2023 1:55 am PST by
Apple's HomePod speakers are a great way to stream your favorite music and podcasts from your iPhone or iPad, but occasionally you might find that some podcasts or music tracks play at a louder or quieter volume than others, which can be uncomfortable for your ears. Fortunately, Apple includes a feature for HomePods that can balance out the volume level between different media sources. It's...
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How to Disable Playback of Explicit Content on HomePod

Friday February 3, 2023 1:54 am PST by
Apple's HomePod speaker is a great way for your kids to play their favorite songs from Apple Music and podcasts from the Podcasts app, but many parents will be aware that some song lyrics and the contents of some podcast episodes can include explicit content. Fortunately, you can disable playback of explicit content for specific ‌HomePod‌ users in your home. Once the restriction is turned on,...
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New HomePod Launches Today, Apple Store Pickup Now Available

Friday February 3, 2023 1:00 am PST by
Apple's second-generation HomePod launches today, with the new smart speaker available for pickup at Apple Stores in the U.S. and select other countries. Online pre-orders also begin arriving to customers today, and pre-ordering is no longer required. Apple customers can use the Apple online store or App Store app to order a ‌HomePod‌ for Apple Store pickup. Simply select the "I'll pick it...
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Kuo: AirPods Max 2 Not Coming Until Second Half of 2024 at the Earliest

Friday February 3, 2023 12:51 am PST by
Apple will not launch a second-generation AirPods Max until at least the second half of next year, and could possibly wait until the first half of 2025 to refresh the headphones, according to Apple supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In his latest series of tweets outlining industry expectations, Kuo said he believes Apple's "next important acoustic product refresh time" will be between the...
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Kuo: HomePod Mini 2 to Begin Mass Shipments in Second Half of Next Year

Friday February 3, 2023 12:31 am PST by
Apple will begin mass shipments of the second-generation HomePod mini in the second half of 2024, according to Apple supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In his latest tweet sharing industry information, Kuo said Apple supplier Goertek has "secured NPI and assembly orders for the ‌HomePod mini‌ 2, which will start mass shipments in 2H24." NPI stands for New Production Introduction, which is a...
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macOS Ventura Bug Spits Out Perpetual 'Background Items Added' Notifications at Login, Here's a Potential Fix

Thursday February 2, 2023 8:26 am PST by
Numerous Mac users are repeatedly encountering a bug in macOS Ventura that throws up Login Items notifications for various background app processes every time they start up their machine, even when the processes in question have been disabled. If notification previews are disabled (via System Settings -> Notifications -> Show Previews) the annoying notifications appear as "Login Items." If...