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 Use iMessage Contact Key Verification on iPhone

Friday March 29, 2024 7:42 am PDT by
In iOS 17.2 and later, Apple includes a Contact Key Verification feature that aims to enhance your messaging security on an iPhone. This article explains why you might want to use the feature and includes practical steps to enable it on your device. Why Use Contact Key Verification? Contact Key Verification was designed by Apple to ensure that iMessage conversations are more secure and that ...
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$3 App Shoots Better Quality Spatial Video Than iPhone's Camera App

Friday March 29, 2024 4:48 am PDT by
A $3 third-party app can now record spatial video on iPhone 15 Pro models in a higher resolution than Apple's very own Camera app. Thanks to an update first spotted by UploadVR, Spatialify can now record spatial videos with HDR in 1080p at 60fps or in 4K at 30fps. In comparison, Apple's native Camera app is limited to recording spatial video in 1080p at 30fps. Shortly after Apple's Vision ...
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First iPhone 16 Cases Outline New Rear Vertical Camera Bump

Friday March 29, 2024 4:09 am PDT by
Photos of the first iPhone 16 cases have been shared online, offering another preview of the rumored new vertical rear camera arrangement on the standard iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus. Image credit: Accessory leaker Sonny Dickson Over the last few months, Apple has been experimenting with different camera bump designs for the standard iPhone 16 models, all of which have featured a vertical ...
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iPad Pro Delays Could Be Down to Poor OLED Panel Production Yields

Friday March 29, 2024 3:42 am PDT by
OLED panel supply issues may be partly behind Apple's iPad Pro launch delay, based on reports coming out of Korea. Apple's original plan was to rely on different OLED display suppliers for the upcoming iPad Pro models, with Samsung Display exclusively producing ~11-inch panels and LG Display responsible for the required ~13-inch panels. The division of labor was reportedly due to changes ...
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iPhone 16 Pro Models Could Feature New Polished Titanium Finish

Friday March 29, 2024 2:20 am PDT by
Apple's upcoming iPhone 16 Pro models will use an improved process for finishing and coloring titanium, claims a new rumor out of Korea. According to news aggregator account "yeux1122" on the Naver blog, the new process will make the ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ and ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ Max look more polished than the iPhone 15 Pro models, which have a brushed finish. The improved manufacturing process will...
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Foldable iPhone Could Arrive in 2027 or Be Postponed Indefinitely

Thursday March 28, 2024 3:48 am PDT by
Apple's proposed launch schedule for its first foldable iPhone has been delayed until 2027 due to technical challenges, claims a report out of Korea. According to Alpha Biz (via DigiTimes), Apple executives have adjusted the launch schedule for the foldable ‌iPhone‌ from the fourth quarter of 2026 to the first quarter of 2027 following issues with the acquisition of parts, including foldable...
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Apple's iPhone Shipments in China Fell 33% Last Month

Wednesday March 27, 2024 5:47 am PDT by
Apple's iPhone shipments in China dropped by 33% in February compared to the same month last year, according to governement figures (via Bloomberg). A report from China's Academy of Information and Communications Technology showed that foreign brands shipped around 2.4 million smartphones last month. Given that Apple is the only overseas vendor with a meaningful market share, the company...
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6.1-Inch iPhone SE 4 OLED Panel Likely to Be Supplied by China's BOE

Wednesday March 27, 2024 4:23 am PDT by
Apple supplier BOE has taken the lead in becoming the OLED panel supplier for the fourth-generation iPhone SE, IT Home reports. Samsung Display, BOE, and Tianma have all been in discussions with Apple to supply the OLED panels, but today's report claims that Samung has withdrawn from negotiations due to pricing problems, despite having an existing iPhone 14 OLED inventory to draw from....
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iPhone 16 Dummy Models Showcase Design Changes, New Buttons

Tuesday March 26, 2024 6:03 am PDT by
Images comparing purportedly accurate dummy models of the iPhone 16 series have been shared online, providing a closer look at the rumored design of the upcoming devices. The iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max are expected to get larger display sizes this year, according to multiple sources, while the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus will be the same size as the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus. ...
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iPhone 16 Pro Could Come in New 'Space Black' and 'Rose' Colors

Tuesday March 26, 2024 4:10 am PDT by
Apple's upcoming iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max models will come in new "space black" and "rose" titanium colors, claims a new rumor out of China. According to a Weibo post shared by leaker ShrimpApplePro on X (Twitter), the Blue Titanium color that iPhone 15 Pro models are currently available in will be dropped from the iPhone 16 Pro lineup in favor of the new rose color. Meanwhile,...
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Update Your Mac Now: macOS 14.4.1 Fixes These Three Major Bugs

Tuesday March 26, 2024 3:03 am PDT by
Apple has released macOS Sonoma 14.4.1, which is a minor update for the macOS Sonoma operating system that launched last September, but one that fixes a handful of widely reported bugs that were introduced in macOS 14.4. Since Apple unveiled macOS 14.4 on March 7, a number of issues have been reported by users that significantly impact their daily workflow. This article summarizes the bugs...
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When Is Apple Vision Pro Coming Out in the UK and Elsewhere?

Monday March 25, 2024 8:30 am PDT by
Now that Apple's Vision Pro spatial computing headset has launched in the United States, when will it become available to buy in other countries? Here's what we know. Officially, Apple has said that following the U.S. launch of Apple Vision Pro on February 2, 2024, the device will be coming to more countries later in the year, though the company has so far stopped short of officially...
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How to Track a Flight on Your iPhone

Monday March 25, 2024 8:15 am PDT by
Flight tracker apps are a popular way to keep tabs on planes in the sky, because when you're preparing to fly or when someone you know is on board a flight, you can use them to check that things are still on schedule. But if you have an iPhone, you don't need to download and install a third-party app to track a flight – it's a handy built-in feature of the operating system. The ability to ...
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EU Opens Non-Compliance Investigations into Apple, Meta, and Google

Monday March 25, 2024 3:53 am PDT by
Apple's compliance with new EU laws designed to rein in the market power of big tech companies is set to be investigated by regulators, the European Commission has announced. The Commission said on Monday that non-compliance investigations have been opened against Apple, Google, and Meta, under the new Digital Markets Act (DMA). The probe into Apple will look at whether the company...
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Apple Readying In-Box iPhone Software Update System for Retail Stores

Monday March 25, 2024 3:42 am PDT by
Apple is set to roll out a new system that allows retail store staff to wirelessly update the software on iPhones prior to sale, without having to take them out of their packaging. Writing in the latest edition of his Power On newsletter, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman said the new proprietary system, called "Presto," relies on MagSafe and other wireless technologies, and "looks a bit like a metal...
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Apple Silicon Vulnerability Allows Hackers to Extract Encryption Keys

Friday March 22, 2024 5:19 am PDT by
An unpatchable vulnerability has been discovered in Apple's M-series chips that allows attackers to extract secret encryption keys from Macs under certain conditions, according to a newly published academic research paper (via ArsTechnica). Named "GoFetch," the type of cyber attack described involves Data Memory-Dependent Prefetchers (DMPs), which try to predict what data the computer will...
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Lionel Messi Promotion Offers 1-Month Trial of Apple's MLS Season Pass

Friday March 22, 2024 3:23 am PDT by
Apple is currently offering its Major League Soccer Season Pass free for one month, which normally costs $14.99, or $12.99 for Apple TV+ subscribers in the U.S. The MLS Season Pass allows access to every live Major League Soccer match, including Leagues Cup, All-Star games, and playoffs. The offer is being promoted on Leo Messi's Instagram account: The season is just getting started. Sign...
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How to Make Your iPhone Screen Less Bright in Bed

Thursday March 21, 2024 8:11 am PDT by
Most of us stare at our iPhones for far too long, and this constant exposure to a bright screen can strain our eyes, especially in low-light conditions or during the twilight hours. That's where the ability to dim your iPhone screen beyond the standard brightness settings becomes a game-changer. If the screen of your ‌iPhone‌ or iPad is too bright for comfort, the usual solution is to go to...
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YouTube TV Gains Multiview Support on iPhone and iPad

Thursday March 21, 2024 4:10 am PDT by
YouTube TV subscribers can now watch several programs at once on iPhone and iPad, thanks to support for Multiview rolling out, Google has confirmed (via 9to5Google). Multiview lets users watch four different cable channels on-screen at the same time. The feature works from the "Home" tab, which includes stream options like "Top Picks for You" and "Watch in Multiview," but it only works for...
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Apple's iPhone AI Talks With Google and OpenAI Still Ongoing

Thursday March 21, 2024 3:25 am PDT by
Apple is in ongoing discussions with Google and OpenAI to use their generative large-language models as the backbone of new iPhone AI features, but no formal announcement is expected until the summer, according to Bloomberg. Today's report follows the news earlier this week that Apple has been in talks with Google to integrate its Gemini AI engine into the iPhone as part of iOS 18. Apple ...