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.

Tim Hardwick's Articles

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Track Santa's Journey From the North Pole Using Google's Santa Tracker

Saturday December 24, 2022 2:01 am PST by
If you have been good this year, you may be interested to learn that Google today launched its annual Santa tracking feature, allowing Santa to be tracked in real time on his mythical journey to the North Pole as he prepares to deliver presents to kids around the world. Google's Santa Tracker continues a 19-year tradition for the company, allowing excited children (and parents!) to keep up...
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Apple Reveals New AirTag Features Added in Latest Firmware Updates

Tuesday December 20, 2022 4:51 am PST by
Apple has released two firmware updates for its AirTag item trackers since November, but at the time the company didn't provide any information on what was changed. Earlier this week, Apple finally updated a support document explaining what's new. According to Apple, firmware update 2.0.24 allows AirTag owners to use Precision Finding to help locate an unknown AirTag with their iPhone....
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WhatsApp's New Accidental Delete Feature Lets You Undo 'Delete For Me' So You Can 'Delete For All' Instead

Tuesday December 20, 2022 4:03 am PST by
WhatsApp has rolled out a new group chat feature that lets you undo the "Delete for Me" action, to avoid potentially embarrassing scenarios where you accidentally delete a message only for yourself instead of removing it from the conversation for everyone. Called "Accidental Delete," the new feature adds a five-second window to let users reverse an unintentional Delete for Me action and...
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Foxconn to Begin Making MacBooks in Vietnam as Early as May 2023

Tuesday December 20, 2022 2:47 am PST by
Apple plans to begin producing MacBook models in Vietnam for the first time next year, according to a new report from Nikkei Asia. Citing sources briefed on the matter, the report says that Apple has tapped Foxconn to start making MacBooks in the country as early as around May. Taiwan's Foxconn was granted a license in January 2021 to construct a $270 million plant in Vietnam for the...

Apple Reportedly Quits NFL Sunday Ticket Streaming Negotiations

Monday December 19, 2022 3:52 am PST by
Apple has quit negotiations for the NFL Sunday Ticket package after having once been regarded as the frontrunner for the streaming rights, claims a new report. According to Dylan Byers at Puck News, Apple has backed out of negotiations because it no longer sees the deal as worthwhile given the limitations that would be placed on it. Rumors have suggested for months that Apple would be...
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How to Enter macOS Recovery Mode on Apple Silicon Macs

Friday December 16, 2022 1:16 pm PST by
All modern Macs with Apple silicon feature a built-in recovery system called macOS Recovery that includes various utilities that can be accessed before your Mac boots up the operating system. This article explains what apps are available in macOS Recovery and how to use it. With macOS Recovery, you can perform several troubleshooting related actions on your Mac if it isn't functioning as it...
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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas: Third-Party Apple Accessories

Wednesday December 14, 2022 8:37 am PST by
When it comes to present-buying for a friend or family member who is a staunch Apple fan, one common problem is that they often already own all the latest Apple devices they could want. That's where third-party accessories become a top choice for gift givers. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small...
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iOS 16.2 Is Here: How to Use All the New Features

Wednesday December 14, 2022 2:00 am PST by
Apple has officially released iOS 16.2, the second major update to the iOS 16 operating system, which introduces a number of new features, functions, and customizations for iPhones, including a karaoke-style mode for Apple Music, end-to-end encryption for iCloud backups, new options for Live Activities, and more. This article summarizes what's new and provides links to how-to articles that...
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How to Copy and Paste Edits to Photos in macOS

Wednesday December 14, 2022 1:06 am PST by
In macOS Ventura, Apple has brought some notable improvements to the Photos app, one of which is the ability to copy edits you make to an image and then paste them to other pictures. Keep reading to learn how it's done. If you have multiple photos that you want to edit in the same way, or if you've made changes to one photo that you want to replicate in another photo, you can use the new...
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How to Enable More Frequent Updates for Live Activities on iPhone

Tuesday December 13, 2022 9:20 am PST by
With the release of iOS 16.2, Apple has added an extra level of customization to Live Activities with an option for more frequent updates. Keep reading to learn how it works. Introduced in iOS 16, Live Activities are lingering interactive notifications that stay up to date, allowing you to keep an eye on things happening in real time right from the Lock Screen. If you're following a sports...
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How to Temporarily Disable iCloud Private Relay for a Specific Website on iPhone and iPad

Tuesday December 13, 2022 8:51 am PST by
When Apple introduced its paid-for iCloud+ service with iOS 15, it included a new security feature called ‌iCloud‌ Private Relay, which is designed to encrypt all of the traffic leaving your device so no one can intercept it or read it. Private Relay sends web traffic to a server that is maintained by Apple in order to strip the IP address. Once IP info has been removed, Apple sends the...
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How to Enable End-to-End Encryption for iCloud Backups

Tuesday December 13, 2022 7:51 am PST by
With the release of iOS 16.2 and macOS 13.1, Apple is introducing Advanced Protection for iCloud, which uses end-to-end encryption to provide Apple's highest level of cloud data security yet. Here's everything you need to know about enabling it on your devices. The new security feature ensures users will have the choice to further protect their important iCloud data, including iCloud Backup, ...
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Ulysses App Now Lets Writers Organize Their Work into Projects

Tuesday December 13, 2022 5:15 am PST by
Popular writing app and markdown editor Ulysses has gained a new Projects feature that's aimed at users who tend to work on larger projects, such as books, a thesis, or a blog. New to the app in version 29, the Projects feature only shows what's relevant to the current project and hides everything else in the app's sidebar to improve focus. The writing goal and deadline for the project is ...
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Microsoft Authenticator App for Apple Watch to Be Discontinued in January

Tuesday December 13, 2022 4:47 am PST by
Microsoft Authenticator for iOS will drop support for the Apple Watch companion app from January 2023, the company has revealed. Used principally for signing into Microsoft accounts with two-step verification enabled, the Microsoft Authenticator for iOS gained an Apple Watch companion app in 2018. The watch app supports Microsoft personal, work, and school accounts that are set up with...
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Tim Cook Pays Tribute to Apple's Enduring Partnership With Sony to Develop 'World's Leading Camera Sensors' for iPhones

Tuesday December 13, 2022 1:51 am PST by
Tim Cook today publicly paid tribute to Sony's long-term partnership with Apple in creating cutting-edge camera sensors for successive iPhone models for over a decade. In a tweet posted during his visit to Sony's camera development facility in Kumamoto, Japan, Cook acknowledged the company's successful partnership with Apple to create "the world's leading camera sensors for ‌iPhone‌," and...
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Apple Expands Emergency SOS via Satellite to UK, France, Germany, and Ireland

Tuesday December 13, 2022 1:02 am PST by
Apple today announced the expansion of Emergency SOS via Satellite and Find My via satellite functionality to the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Ireland. iPhone 14 users can now connect with emergency services when cellular and Wi-Fi coverage are not available, and calls from the Emergency SOS via Satellite feature will be routed to local emergency services facilities. Apple's...
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Google Pixel Fold Design, Specs Leaked Ahead of Expected May 2023 Launch

Thursday December 8, 2022 5:43 am PST by
New renders and design details for the long-rumored Google Pixel Fold have emerged online, including display sizes and overall dimensions, as well as an expected launch date in the spring. According to established leaker OnLeaks (via Howtoisolve), previous rumors were correct to claim that the Google Pixel Fold will adopt a form factor similar to the Oppo Find N. Google's foldable is set to...
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iOS 16.2: How to Use the Apple Music Sing Karaoke Feature

Thursday December 8, 2022 2:23 am PST by
With the release of iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2, and tvOS 16.2, Apple is introducing Apple Music Sing, a new Karaoke experience for ‌Apple Music‌ subscribers that lets users sing along to their favorite songs by adjusting the volume of the vocals in tracks. Available on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV 4K (2022), ‌Apple Music‌ Sing works with ‌Apple Music‌'s real-time lyrics feature, and gives you control...
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Proton Drive iOS and Android Apps Now Available for Encrypted Cloud Storage

Wednesday December 7, 2022 4:45 am PST by
Swiss-based privacy startup Proton today announced the availability of mobile apps for its Proton Drive cloud storage service, providing users with an easier way to securely upload, store, and share files from their iOS and Android devices. All files and folders uploaded to the storage service are protected by Proton's open-source, publicly-audited end-to-end encryption, which uses on-device ...
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WhatsApp Rolls Out Support for Meta's Avatars

Wednesday December 7, 2022 12:40 am PST by
Avatars are officially coming to WhatsApp. The customizable, expressive characters, which are already available on Facebook and Instagram, can now be used as profile pictures on the messaging service or sent in the form of one of 36 custom stickers. The process of customizing the cartoony virtual characters is similar to Apple's Memoji, except WhatsApp's avatars also include bodies for...