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.

Tim Hardwick's Articles

How to Check the FaceTime Numbers you Have Blocked

Monday March 23, 2020 6:28 pm PDT by Tim Hardwick
FaceTime is great for when you want to stay in touch with friends and family using your Apple devices, but it's also pretty good at dealing with contacts that you don't want to hear from. If you've blocked people from calling you on ‌FaceTime‌ and you want to see a list of their numbers, you can do so by following the steps below. The first set of steps are for iOS devices, while the second...

How to Unblock People on FaceTime

Monday March 23, 2020 6:28 pm PDT by Tim Hardwick
FaceTime is great for when you want to stay in touch with friends and family, but it's also good at dealing with contacts that you don't want to hear from. If you've blocked someone from calling you on ‌FaceTime‌ and you've since changed your mind, follow the steps in this article to unblock them. The first set of steps are for iOS devices, while the second relate to ‌FaceTime‌ on Mac. How to...

How to Block Unwanted FaceTime Calls

Monday March 23, 2020 6:27 pm PDT by Tim Hardwick
FaceTime is great for when you want to stay in touch with friends and family, but it's also good at dealing with people you don't want to hear from, too. Apple provides features on Mac and iOS that allow you to block nuisance calls from the same number coming through to your ‌FaceTime‌ account. The steps below show you how it works. How to Block Unwanted ‌FaceTime‌ Calls on Your iPhone or iPad ...

Apple Slaps Up to 10% Price Increase on Built-to-Order Mac Configurations in Many Countries

Monday March 23, 2020 7:23 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Sometime during all the launch hype of last week's new MacBook Air and iPad Pro, Apple quietly increased the prices of almost all Mac build-to-order options on its regional online stores outside the United States. In Canada, Europe, Australia, and many parts of Asia, customers configuring any new ‌MacBook Air‌, MacBook Pro, iMac, iMac Pro, Mac Pro or Mac mini now face paying approximately 10...

Disney+ to Launch Across Europe This Week With Reduced Streaming Quality, Launch in France Delayed

Monday March 23, 2020 4:31 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Disney's premium streaming service, Disney+, will launch across Europe on Tuesday with temporarily degraded video quality, according to Reuters. The measure aims to reduce the burden on the continent's data networks as millions of people switch to working from home. In a company statement, Disney said it had agreed to a European Union request for streaming-video providers to "ensure the...

Bloomberg: iPhone 12 Still on Course for Fall Launch Despite COVID-19 Disruption

Friday March 20, 2020 5:25 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
The iPhone 12 is on course for a fall launch despite disruptions to mobile manufacturing in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with Apple's supply chain. Apple’s next flagship iPhones, with 5G wireless capabilities, are still on schedule to launch in the fall, although that's partly because mass production isn't due to begin until May, said...

YouTube to Follow Netflix's Lead and Reduce Stream Quality in Europe to Ease Strain on Broadband Networks

Friday March 20, 2020 3:58 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Following in the footsteps of Netflix, YouTube is reducing the quality of its videos in Europe to reduce the strain on broadband networks caused by an upsurge in home usage following the coronavirus outbreak, Reuters reports. "We are making a commitment to temporarily switch all traffic in the EU to standard definition by default," the company said in a statement. Standard definition videos...

Apple Still Expected to Launch High End 12.9-inch iPad Pro With Mini LED Display Tech in Fourth Quarter of 2020

Friday March 20, 2020 3:17 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Apple is still on course to launch a 12.9-inch iPad Pro with a mini-LED display later this year, according to Taiwanese industry publication DigiTimes. Apple reportedly prefers mini LED to OLED for its medium-size devices and will launch an ‌iPad Pro‌ with backlighting in the fourth quarter of 2020. The claim is made in relation to a separate paywalled article underscoring Apple's eagerness to ...

EU Urges Netflix, YouTube to Consider Limiting Stream Quality to Ease Strain on Networks Amid Surge in Remote Working

Thursday March 19, 2020 4:07 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
The European Union has called on Netflix, YouTube and other streaming services to consider temporarily reducing streaming quality in a bid to ease the strain on the continent's broadband networks, as tens of millions of people start working from home amid the coronavirus pandemic (via Financial Times). The EU said streaming platforms should consider offering only standard definition...

Slack Desktop App Update Introduces Major Platform Redesign

Thursday March 19, 2020 3:20 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Slack is today rolling out a redesign of its team chat app for desktop that aims to make navigating the platform's various menus and options simpler and more intuitive. First up, the Slack sidebar is about to become a lot more flexible for users on paid Slack plans. You can now group together channels, apps, and direct messages into nested, collapsible sections using a simple drag-and-drop...

Apple Afterburner Card for Mac Pro Now Available as Separate Purchase

Wednesday March 18, 2020 7:11 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Apple today made its $2,000 Mac Pro Afterburner Card available as a separate purchase, having previously been offered only as a build-to-order option when configuring a new ‌Mac Pro‌. Apple Afterburner is a PCIe accelerator card specifically for the 2019 ‌Mac Pro‌, created to enhance Apple ProRes and ProRes RAW workflows for creative professionals by accelerating the decoding and playback of...

Apple's New Magic Keyboard With Integrated Trackpad Compatible With 2018 iPad Pro Models

Wednesday March 18, 2020 6:43 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
The new Magic Keyboard is backwards compatible with both of Apple's 2018 iPad Pro models, the ‌iPad Pro‌ 12.9-inch (3rd generation) and the ‌iPad Pro‌ 11-inch (1st generation), Apple has confirmed. Announced today along with new ‌iPad Pro‌ models, the Magic Keyboard attaches magnetically to ‌iPad Pro‌ and includes a floating design that works on either a lap or a desk, and an integrated trackpad for ...

Apple Shares Two Ads Showcasing New iPad Pro Capabilities

Wednesday March 18, 2020 6:09 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Apple has shared two ads on its YouTube channel highlighting the power of its just-updated 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, including a new Magic Keyboard. The first video, titled "Your next computer is not a computer," showcases the new features in the updated ‌iPad Pro‌, including the new A12Z Bionic chip, LiDAR Scanner for AR, triple-lens cameras, and the new Magic Keyboard with...

Apple Updates Mac mini With Double the Storage Capacity in Standard Configurations

Wednesday March 18, 2020 5:03 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Apple today updated the Mac mini so that standard configurations now come with double the storage capacity. The $799 configuration now comes with 256GB of PCIe-based SSD storage, while the $1,099 configuration features 512GB of storage as standard. All ‌Mac mini‌ models use solid state storage, with up to 2TB of storage available for build-to-order purchases. The new base configurations are ...

Israel Passes Emergency Law to Track and Trace Mobile Users With Suspected COVID-19

Wednesday March 18, 2020 4:54 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Israel has passed emergency measures that will allow security agencies to track the smartphone data of people with suspected COVID-19 and find others they may have come into contact with (via BBC News). The Israeli government said the new powers will be used to identify people infected with coronavirus and make sure they're following quarantine rules. On Monday, an Israeli parliamentary...

Fox Corporation Buys Ad-Supported Tubi Streaming Platform for $440 Million

Wednesday March 18, 2020 3:48 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Fox Corporation has bought streaming platform Tubi, an ad-supported service that hosts over 20,000 movies and television shows (via Variety). The $440 million acquisition represents the media conglomerate's first major move in the streaming market. Fox will inherit 25 million Tubi users and a veritable catalog of content, including movies and shows from over 250 content partners including...

Opera Browser Now Lets U.S. Users Buy Bitcoin With Apple Pay

Wednesday March 18, 2020 2:50 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Opera has announced that users of its mobile and desktop apps can now buy cryptocurrency through the browser using Apple Pay. Opera was the first browser to include a built-in crypto wallet across its iOS and Mac browsers, and was one of the first to protect users against disguised online cryptocurrency mining, or "cryptojacking." In partnership with Wyre, a US cryptocurrency-brokerage...

New GitHub App Brings Collaboration Tools to Mobile

Wednesday March 18, 2020 2:12 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Microsoft-owned GitHub has released a new iPhone and iPad app to help developers manage projects on the go. The new app doesn't aim to provide a complete developer environment – instead it provides a convenient way for devs to stay in touch with teams, organize tasks, give feedback, respond to comments, and review and merge pull requests when away from a computer. There's a lot you can do...

How to Use Memoji and Animoji in FaceTime

Tuesday March 17, 2020 4:34 pm PDT by Tim Hardwick
Animoji are animated emoji characters designed to mimic your facial expressions, while Memoji are customizable humanoid Animoji characters that you can design to look just like you. In iOS 12 and iOS 13, you can entertain friends and family by "wearing" your favorite Memoji and Animoji during live FaceTime chats using the Effects camera. The following steps show you how. Note that to use...

How to Use Effects in FaceTime

Tuesday March 17, 2020 4:27 pm PDT by Tim Hardwick
When using Apple's FaceTime app, you can apply camera effects while on a video call, including built-in filters, stickers, labels, and shapes. ‌FaceTime‌ camera effects can be used on these devices: iPhone 7, ‌iPhone‌ 7 Plus, iPhone 8, ‌iPhone 8‌ Plus, ‌iPhone‌ X, iPhone XS, ‌iPhone XS‌ Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, and later models. If you have a supported device,...