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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iOS 14: How to Set Google Chrome as the Default Browser on iPhone and iPad

Friday September 11, 2020 6:43 am PDT by
Apple made a change in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 that enables third-party browsers and email clients to be used as default apps, meaning users who don't get on with Safari or Apple's native Mail app can choose an alternative and it will be opened automatically whenever the system requires it. The latest version of Google Chrome now supports this ability, so anyone on iOS 14 can set Google's app...

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Arrive to Rival AirPods Pro

Friday September 11, 2020 3:45 am PDT by
Bose is now taking pre-orders for its new QuietComfort Earbuds, which are set to rival Apple's AirPods Pro in the premium true wireless ANC earphones market. As the QuietComfort brand name suggests, Bose's latest earbuds feature active noise canceling combined with passive isolation, offering "all the noise cancelling performance of our best over-ear headphones — from a compact, truly...

Microsoft's Surface Duo Now Available, Starting From $1,399

Friday September 11, 2020 2:08 am PDT by
Microsoft has made its Surface Duo dual-screen Android phone available for purchase, with prices for the device starting at $1,399. The Surface Duo combines two 4:3 OLED displays that are connected side by side with a hinge. The two 5.6-inch displays result in a 3:2 8.1-inch overall tablet-style screen size. The device can be held horizontally or vertically, with the same app utilizing...

Video Provides Walkthrough of Apple Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on Opening Day

Thursday September 10, 2020 3:41 am PDT by
Apple today opened its new Marina Bay Sands retail store in Singapore, and YouTube channel Superadrianme TV has produced a video walkthrough, embedded below, that gives viewers a real sense of what it's like to visit the stunning one-of-a-kind construction. The video includes Apple's traditional clapping welcome for customers at an official store opening, the 45-meter-long underwater...

Feral Releases Classic RTS 'Company of Heroes' on iPhone

Thursday September 10, 2020 2:49 am PDT by
Feral Interactive today announced the release of World War II real-time strategy game "Company of Heroes" for iPhone. Originally developed for Windows by Relic Entertainment, the critically-acclaimed RTS was recently designed and developed by Feral for the ‌iPad‌, which has now become a universal app. The game sees players command two crack companies of American soldiers and direct an ...

Scotland Launches Contact Tracing App With Apple and Google API

Thursday September 10, 2020 2:04 am PDT by
Scotland is the latest country to implement Apple's and Google's Exposure Notification API in their COVID-19 contact tracing app, now available on the App Store. The Protect Scotland app was developed by NHS Scotland and is based on the exposure notification technology that was jointly developed by Google and Apple. Some other countries that have implemented or are committed to implementing...

'A Monster's Expedition' Comes to Apple Arcade

Thursday September 10, 2020 1:36 am PDT by
New puzzle game "A Monster's Expedition" has arrived on Apple Arcade. The title comes from Draknek, developers of "Cosmic Express," and offers players an "adorable" open-world adventure in which they must push over trees to create pathways and explore islands near and far. The game includes hundreds of islands to visit – some right in front of you, others "well off the beaten track for...

Waze Now Lets Users Send Directions From Desktop to Mobile App

Wednesday September 9, 2020 3:59 am PDT by
Google-owned navigation app Waze now lets users send directions from the Waze website straight to the mobile app, thanks to an update announced this week. The change means Waze users can now plan and view their journey on a bigger screen via the Waze Live Map, which features real-time traffic information, and then send the details from the desktop to the Waze app on their iPhone. To use...

iOS 14: Smart App Banners Point Safari Users to Apple News Instead of Publisher Apps

Wednesday September 9, 2020 3:26 am PDT by
Apple has added Smart App Banners to the latest iOS 14 beta that prompt Safari users to open its News app when viewing the website of a publisher that is part of Apple News+. First spotted by AppleInsider, the new in-app Safari prompts use Apple's Smart App Banner API, first introduced in iOS 13, which allows developers to prompt users to download their third-party app from the App Store or...

A14X Chip for First Apple Silicon Mac and New iPad Pro to Enter Mass Production in Fourth Quarter

Wednesday September 9, 2020 1:51 am PDT by
Apple's 5-nanometer-based A14X processor, which is destined for the first Apple Silicon Mac and the next-generation iPad Pro, will enter mass production in the fourth quarter of this year, reports DigiTimes. Apple will kick off its 5nm wafer starts at TSMC for its new Apple Silicon processors starting the fourth quarter of 2020, with monthly output estimated at 5,000-6,000 wafers, according to ...

Apple Stops Signing iOS 13.6.1 Following Release of iOS 13.7

Wednesday September 9, 2020 1:24 am PDT by
Following the release of iOS 13.7 on September 1, Apple has stopped signing 13.6.1, which means downgrading to that version is no longer possible. iOS 13.7 was a major update that rolled out a new Exposure Notifications System that doesn't require an app to be downloaded for the feature to be turned on. Apple routinely stops signing older versions of software updates after new releases...

iOS 14: How to Filter Images in Your Photo Library on iPhone and iPad

Tuesday September 8, 2020 2:06 pm PDT by
In iOS 14, Apple tweaked its stock Photos app to improve user navigation and discoverability in the photo library. One of these improvements is the introduction of filters. The new filter options enable you to display only your favorite photos, edited photos, all photos, or all videos, allowing you to whittle down your photo library and make it easier to find what you're looking for – or...

iOS 14: How to Add Captions to Your Photos on iPhone and iPad

Tuesday September 8, 2020 2:03 pm PDT by
In iOS 14 and later, Apple's stock Photos app allows you to add captions to the pictures in your photo library so you can add more context to them. The captions you add are also synced across iOS and macOS, so they'll automatically show up on the ‌Photos‌ desktop app on your Mac too. The following steps show you how to add a caption to one of your photos on an iPhone and iPad running iOS...

iOS 14: How to Mirror Your Front Camera on iPhone

Tuesday September 8, 2020 2:02 pm PDT by
When you take a selfie with your iPhone using the stock Camera app, it flip or mirror the image by default so that it's the opposite of the mirror image you saw in the preview before you took the shot. Preview (left) vs actual flipped selfie shot This can be confusing and potentially annoying, especially because most third-party social media apps take mirrored selfies, which means you're more ...

iOS 14: How to Change Video Quality in the Camera App

Tuesday September 8, 2020 2:01 pm PDT by
In Apple's stock Camera app in iOS 14, iPhone and iPad users can change video resolution and frame rate on the fly, without having to go into the Settings app, which was previously the case on some ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌ models. Next time you shoot video using the Video mode found in the menu strip below the viewfinder, notice the video resolution and frame rate separated by a dot in the top-corner...

iOS 14: How to Quickly Shoot Video Using QuickTake on iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max

Tuesday September 8, 2020 1:59 pm PDT by
When Apple released the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro in 2019, it redesigned the stock Camera app on these devices to make the most of their hardware and also to add new exclusive features. One of those features was QuickTake, which allows users to shoot video without switching out of the default photo mode. The iPhone SE (2020) supports QuickTake, and with the release of iOS 14, QuickTake...

iOS 14 Green and Orange Dots: What Do They Mean?

Tuesday September 8, 2020 1:58 pm PDT by
Digital privacy is a perennial hot topic these days, and Apple is regarded as being at the forefront of security when it comes to smartphone and tablet operating systems. For example, for an app to access your iPhone or iPad's camera, camera and microphone access must be enabled for the app in question in the Settings app. Social media apps will often ask you for access to your device's...

Peloton Announces Bike+ With Apple GymKit Support

Tuesday September 8, 2020 7:39 am PDT by
Peloton today announced a new stationary workout bike that is compatible with Apple's GymKit, allowing Apple Watch owners to easily pair with it for metric syncing and more accurate activity tracking. The Bike+ features a 23.8-inch rotating HD touchscreen that allows users to switch between cycling sessions and Peloton's trainer-led floor-based workouts, while a new four-speaker audio system ...

Nikkei: iPhone 12 Mass Production Starting Later This Month, AirTags Production Already in Full Swing

Tuesday September 8, 2020 3:33 am PDT by
Apple will begin mass producing the iPhone 12 on a limited scale later this month and on into early October, according to a report today from Nikkei Asian Review. Of the four 5G devices Apple is expected to launch this year, production will reportedly begin with the more affordable 6.1-inch OLED model with dual-lens camera, which accounts for around 40% of Apple's production orders for its...

LG Renews Pledge to Bring AirPlay 2 and HomeKit Support to Select 2018 TV Models

Monday September 7, 2020 4:12 am PDT by
After LG disappointed swathes of customers by saying it had "no plans" to bring promised AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to select 2018 TVs, the company has now renewed its pledge to do so by the end of the year. Today's announcement was made by LG UK's official Twitter account, the very same account that last month told its customers that ‌AirPlay‌ 2 and ‌HomeKit‌ would not be coming to its...